We’re back to asking the midwives this week for Mod Midwives. This week we answer the following questions from readers (after giving our latest COVID updates and adaptations as usual):
- How does the scope of a CPM (particularly in Colorado) differ from a CNM? For more information, you can listen to our previous podcast: So You Want to Be a Midwife? Note: Going back to the point I was making (and lost) about malpractice insurance, is that insurance often defines a practitioner’s scope of practice. For example, few CNMs are able to do VBACs/TOLACs in a community setting because of liability insurance. We, on the other hand, are regulated by the Division of Regulatory Agencies, which does allow us to do VBACs/TOLACs under certain conditions.
- Advice for clients who have been planning a home birth whose baby is now breech. We also did a full podcast episode on Breech Babies.
- What is the heaviest baby you’ve ever caught?
- What is something you wish everyone knew about nursing before trying it the first time? We cover nipple tenderness, the number of nipple pores, letting down on both sides, time commitment, and the learning curve of lactation.
- What is the first step in becoming a midwife, and is it doable for everyone? We cover this is So You Want to Be a Midwife and also go deep into the challenges of living Life on Call in other podcasts.
We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!