What is a Certified Professional Midwife?
A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a direct-entry midwifery practitioner who has met all the certification standards set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). What distinguishes a CPM from other nationally certified midwives is that CPMs primarily attend low-risk pregnancies in an out-of-hospital setting. CPMs are trained via a competency-based model of education, which requires them to gain direct hands-on experience in an out-of-hospital setting. NARM recognizes that this is the optimal model for educating midwives because it requires clinical experience, continuity of care, and risk assessment skills, which are required to determine when referral, collaboration or consultation with a physician is necessary.
The midwives at Boston Community Midwifery believe that a supported, nurtured and well-nourished pregnancy is the best assurance of a healthy baby and birth. We offer a unique, comprehensive model to provide an exceptional support throughout the whole process. We use evidence-based care and serve as adviser, facilitator, and advocate to our clients.
Prenatal appointments typically last an hour. During a prenatal visit, vital signs are monitored as well as baby's size, position, heart rate, and discussion of physical and emotional issues or challenges that may arise. Routine prenatal lab work and ultrasound scheduling is provided. We also offer information, resources, and support for self-care through pregnancy and beyond.
At Your birth
At the birth, you will be assisted by Audra Karp and Tara Kenny. We work as a team, where each assists and contributes. This kind of teamwork allows for empowered, personalized care. We also will work with you and your insurance provider through our billing service to include some or all reimbursement for your care.
We are strong believers in the benefits of water for labor and birth. We offer two different kinds of tubs for rent. The majority of our clients find a tub very comforting and helpful for the labor.
If appropriate, we are absolutely supportive of homebirth after a previous cesarean section birth. We are happy to discuss this option with you and help you navigate whether a home birth is the right option for you.
Postpartum Visit Schedule
Comprehensive postpartum care supports ongoing health and well-being and has the potential to improve outcomes for families. In the weeks following the birth, there is so much to adapt to including physical, social and psychological changes. There is also the recovery from childbirth, adjustments to changing hormones, and learning to feed and care for the newborn. In addition to being a time of joy and excitement, this fourth trimester can also present challenges. We at Boston Community Midwifery believe that in-home postpartum visits can help families navigate the challenges of parenthood.
Postpartum visits include:
- Monitoring physical recovery from birth up to 6 weeks
- Well-baby exams through 6 weeks
- Breastfeeding support and/or working through any feeding concerns
- Routine newborn screen and medication if desired
- Screening for Postpartum Depression and Support