Ile Abiamo Birth Services - Natural Childbirth Services
About Jessica        


my spectacular hut in SenegalMy Background, Midwifery Training and Experience: I have been involved in midwifery since 2003, and working in birth since 1997.  In my practice I have attended over 175 births, both here in the US and abroad during my privileged time to attend women in rural Senegal, Africa.
 
The formal education for licensed midwives such as myself is a three-year didactic and clinical training program in a school approved by the Medical Board of California. I have attended the National College of Midwifery, in Taos, New Mexico, and then applied to take the National Association of Registered Midwives (NARM) exam, which in California is applicable for state and national licensure.   I currently hold both a Licensed Midwife (LM) license for California and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)  license from NARM.  In addition, I am formally trained in neonatal and adult resuscitation, fetal monitoring and obstetrical emergencies. I review these and other skills biennially as a part of continuing education requirements.  I also hold a certification for Specialized Waterbirth Training from Waterbirth International.

jessica weighing a babyPhilosophy of Practice: I believe in the midwifery model of care, which respects the autonomy of adult women and acknowledges the healthy woman as the primary decision maker throughout her childbearing experience. I uphold the client's right to make informed choices about the manner and circumstance of normal pregnancy and childbirth and endeavor to facilitate this process by providing complete, relevant, objective information in a supportive and honest manner, while continually assessing safety considerations and the possible risks to mother and baby.
 
The midwifery model of care is based on traditional, science based, non-medical principles that have been proven successful. Technically this process is called physiological management.  There is an innate belief that birth is a natural and effective process, and my role is as a guardian and monitor for unforeseen anomalies and aberrations in normal pregnancy and childbirth.
 
mr griffin and mePhysiological management is the science-based model of normal maternity care and it is my belief that it should be the foremost standard for all healthy women with normal pregnancies, regardless of the setting for labor and birth (home or hospital) or the type of care provider (midwife or physician).  That begins during the initial consultation and continues through the completion of care. In addition to assessment, this includes risk prevention, risk reduction and referral or transfer of care to a physician or medical facility whenever necessary or at the mother’s request at any time during pregnancy, labor or afterward. 

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