I receive multiple calls, emails and Facebook messages from women on Medicaid in McAllen/Edinburg area seeking Midwifery care, sadly Medicaid does not cover homebirth but it does cover birthing center births. These women do not have the resources to drive to the birth center in Weslaco that does accept Medicaid. We will break down the Socio-Economic barriers that are inhibiting women access to high quality Midwifery care by building a local birth center in McAllen/Edinburg area.
Blessed Womb will provide exceptional, personalized, client-centered care to a large, diverse clientele. It will focus its outreach efforts on communities who experience poor health outcomes in order to have a more significant impact on improving the health of people in our region. Recognized for providing the highest quality care, Blessed Womb will participate in research, provide midwifery education to future providers, and advocate for improved midwifery regulations and reimbursements. These activities will further the field of midwifery and meet the growing demand for midwifery services.
MY JOURNEY BECOMING A MIDWIFE
I’m blessed to have had five children, four sons and a daughter. My last two were born at home, one on land and one in water. My third birth was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life and I swore that I would never give birth in the hospital again. Little did I know then that God had other plans for my life altogether. Over the next several months I found myself researching birth options. It opened my eyes to the fact that pregnancy and birth are a normal, natural process, and not an illness that needs to be managed in a hospital. I realized that all women should have the option of a Midwife and there wasn’t many of them in 1999. I knew in that moment that I was being called to serve women as a midwife and so began my journey. I became a Midwife in 2003 bridging the much needed gap for Midwives at that time.
The McAllen/Edinburg area needs a birth center for all women!
Women are being forced to get a repeat C-section even though ACOG reaffirms their 2010 recommendations about VBAC candidacy word-for-word: “The preponderance of evidence suggests that most women with one previous cesarean delivery with a low-transverse incision are candidates for and should be counseled about and offered TOLAC.”
ACOG reaffirms their 2010 stance on VBA2C when they say it is “reasonable to consider women with two previous low-transverse cesarean deliveries to be candidates for TOLAC and to counsel them based on the combination of other factors that affect their probability of achieving a successful VBAC.”
No mention of a prior vaginal delivery required to be a VBA2C candidate… even thought that is what some OBs tell women. And this is why it’s important to read the latest guidelines. While ACOG did say in 2004 that only those with a prior vaginal delivery were candidates for VBA2C, that recommendation was nixed from the 2010 guidelines.
With Midwives women have fewer cesareans and more VBACs
Low Primary Cesarean Rate and High VBAC Rate With Good Outcomes in an Amish Birthing Center
Frequently asked Questions about caesareans and VBAC
VBAC Birth: Success Rates, Risks & How To Prepare
The International Cesarean Awareness Network
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AN AMAZING VBAC MOMMA!!!!!!
AWESOME HOME BIRTH!!!!!
Dad caught BABY!!!!!!!