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 partnership where each person is given time off is the best model.
How will it work? Each midwife will have two days off each week. We will utilize a third midwife to assist at births on those days–on the other days we will both attend your birth. We will have individual prenatal days and full-practice prenatal days. Our clients will see both of us–either individually or together–for their prenatal appointments so that you have an opportunity to form a relationship with each of us. We will both attend prenatal home visits and we will alternate postpartum home visits. Each midwife will have time each year for a vacation, holidays, and a mini-sabbatical. But one of us will always be available to you.
In addition to the on-call lifestyle, there are so many value-added reasons to join in partnership. We each bring different strengths to the practice; a solo practice midwife must do everything herself–even those things that are not her forte. But Nedra’s business sense and billing know-how will keep the practice running smoothly while Gina’s research and teaching skills will keep us up to date and engaged in best practice. 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 dear friends. And we are sure that the fruits of this friendship and partnership will be enjoyed by you, our clients.