Let’s be honest: midwifery is hard work. There are long births, long hours, and long nights, sometimes one on top of the next. Most midwives discontinue their practice within the first five years–the American home birth model is not sustainable.
In order to serve our clients to our best ability, we must be well-rested and refreshed. We need to be able to turn our phones off from time to time. And we must have time to tend to our families and other responsibilities. Otherwise, we will be running on empty, and not providing the best care possible. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this, but we believe a group practice is the best model.
Gina is the lead midwife and this means she is the primary midwife on call most days and does more clinic visits. Nedra has a shorter clinical day and does most of the virtual visits. Nedra will take call on days when Gina is teaching, on vacation, sick, has a family obligation, or has been up all night at a birth.
We have a number of other people we work closely with: Julia Amend, CPM, RN is our trusty birth assistant (and occasional back-up midwife). We also have students involved in our practice: Rachel Snow is an advanced student and birth assistant. Paige Hesen is a midwifery student midway through her studies.
In addition to the on-call lifestyle, there are so many value-added reasons to work in a group practice. We each bring different strengths to the practice; a solo practice midwife must do everything herself–even those things that are not her forte. We will support each other, push each other, be there for each other. We aren’t just midwives looking to spell each other from time to time. We are friends. And we are sure that the fruits of this friendship and partnership will be enjoyed by you, our clients.