Labor and Birth Services
If you transport to the hospital during labor, one attendant will remain with you until your baby is born or the situation is resolved. Typically, this will be a CMS Assistant. Our assistants are all birth doulas with additional training and certifications. This means they are trained to support women birthing in or out of the hospital. In the event that your baby is born in the hospital you will still have the full benefit of postpartum care by our team.
Your postpartum care will continue for 12 weeks, the full “4th trimester”.
It’s vital that you take responsibility for your health and that of your baby. The birth of your baby at our birth center or in your home is dependent on your health and maintaining a low-to-no-risk status.
Remaining low risk involves:
Families who choose an out of hospital birth with CMS are choosing shared decision making, in their prenatal, birth, and postpartum experience. We encourage you to become educated about the process of birth, as well as the risks and benefits of birth at home, in a birth center, or in a hospital.
Each client should commit to learning ways care for herself, while preparing for the natural childbirth she desires. We are prepared to discuss each of these topics with you at length, during your prenatal visits.
Communication between the client and the her team is very important. We will be open and honest with you and we expect the same in return. Our hour-long visits are designed to encourage clients to be relaxed, to question, and to share.
Please feel free to speak to us if you have any concerns regarding your physical or emotional health. The good news is there are usually solutions that are easy to implement! You will enjoy your pregnancy so much more as you develop the relationships with your caregivers. Also, your birth experience will be greatly enhanced if we are aware of your preferences and there are no lingering concerns or anxieties.
If you have any pre-existing conditions, such as cardiac disease, diabetes, hypertension, etc., you cannot be accepted as a client by CMS and you will be strongly advised not to attempt a birth outside the hospital. In the instance that you find yourself outside the scope of Midwifery care, we can direct you to a number of providers that are known to be supportive and respectful of birth choices.
In the Our Responsibility as your Midwives section, we have discussed the possibility of special circumstances that can occur requiring a transfer of care during pregnancy, labor, or postpartum.
CMS has an excellent plan of action in the event that you should need care by a physician or your baby should need extra attention. Please be aware that the midwives of Community Midwifery Services are members of the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance (OMA) and participate in confidential Peer Review through the OMA. Any special circumstances are shared with the OMA Peer Review Board. Clients who sign our Informed Consent document are giving permission for their birth to be included in this peer review process. Only Senior Midwives or active apprentices are allowed to attend peer review and all of the information shared is confidential & anonymous.
To contact the OMA PRB for any reason visit: oklahomamidwivesalliance.org