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Old 11-09-2006, 07:06 AM   #1
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Lay midwife for homebirth?

I found out there was a homebirthing midwife in my area and I talked with her last night. She is a lay midwife becuase in NY they do not allow midwives to attend homebirths, or something along those lines.

Has anyone used a lay midwife for a homebirth? How do you convince your DH to agree if it is techincally illegal?

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Re: Lay midwife for homebirth?

We are using a LM this time. As far as legality, Texas is so good with their birth laws I can't offer more than my own thoughts. Having a LM would be no different than birthing in your home with your mom (or sister or mailman). No one can arrest you for choosing to birth at home. I would imagine that because she is an LM that if there were complications she wouldn't be held liable. I could be so wrong on everything but there's my 2 cents.
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I used a LM for my last delivery and it was great! I agree with the PP about legalities. I'd say talk to her again and make sure you completely understand how it works. it may just be that CNM's can't do homebirths, not that they are illegal altogether. Do your research so that you & DH can make an informed descision.
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Re: Lay midwife for homebirth?

thanks ladies. I am trying to find more info about this online, but having difficulties. I have emailed the midwives I have found again. Hopefully they will be able to clear it up for me.
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Re: Lay midwife for homebirth?

Sandy, here is a TinyURL for birthpartners.com http://tinyurl.com/y75ccb It has information regarding the legality of midwifery in NY state as well as a list of providers. You can also attend a local LLL meeting to possibly find a LM (or find out about the ones you've already contacted) by word of mouth.
As far as convincing your DH, take him with you to meet the MW. The vast majority of the time after meeting the MW the DH will come away not only supporting HB, but telling others about how great it can be!
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If it is illegal she is taking the risk, not you.Having a baby at home is not a crime anywhere.
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:25 PM   #7
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Re: Lay midwife for homebirth?

Okay, I talked to another midwife in my area, that is not practicing yet, but will be by the spring.

She is a CNM, so I asked her to verify for me...

It is illegal for a laymidwife to practice in NY. It is legal for a CNM to practice. Most NY insurances even cover homebirths with CNMs.

So I told her my DH would probably let me do it more if is was legal...so hopefully she gets everything in line by the spring, so I can use her for this next pregnancy.
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