The Vermont American College of Nurse Midwives strongly opposes the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. All patients deserve unencumbered access to healthcare, including abortion. As reproductive health care providers, we fully support each patient’s rights to autonomy, agency and privacy. The Supreme Court’s decision compromises all of these essential patient rights. We recognize that abortion restrictions will disproportionately harm traditionally marginalized people, including Black, Indigenous and people of color, as well as LGBTQIA+ people. We are committed specifically to helping these communities access the care they need and deserve. Specifically in Vermont, we strongly support the Reproductive Liberty Amendment (Proposal 5) that will guarantee the personal reproductive liberty for all Vermonters via our State Constitution. At this time, we also stand with patients, families and colleagues in other states who are currently facing extremely difficult circumstances as a direct result of the Supreme Court’s decision. We commit to doing what we can to reinstate full access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion services, at the national level.
Did you know? Midwife means With Woman
Midwives are licensed, independent healthcare providers specializing in reproductive health, including pregnancy, birth, family planning, as well as primary and newborn care. Midwives consult, collaborate with, and refer to a variety of other healthcare practitioners based on the needs of their patients. They work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, medical offices, clinics, birthcenters, and homes.
We share a philosophy that views pregnancy and birth as an essentially normal, healthy process, and we honor them as monumental, life-altering events for pregnant people and their families.
When pregnancy and birth progress normally, as is the case for the majority of pregnant people, we provide all care independently. We are highly trained in recognizing signs of complications, and when they do arise, we collaborate with our consulting obstetricians.
We pride ourselves in providing ample time during prenatal visits to get to know our clients, answer questions, involve partners and siblings, and focus on the emotional as well as physical aspects of growing a healthy baby.
During the labor and birth experience, we provide personalized, family-centered care and hands-on labor support. Many pregnant people who desire “natural” childbirth seek out midwifery care, and we are enthusiastic and skilled at giving the support and encouragement they need to give birth without medications.
We also care for many clients in labor who plan to use pain medications or epidural anesthesia during labor. We support each person’s informed choices and our goal is to help each them have the type of birth experience they desire.
We support and educate families about breastfeeding; we want those who chose to breastfeed their babies be successful.
We offer the vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) option, water birth and we are doula-friendly.
“My nurse-midwives listened as I processed my birth experience, helped me take the first steps on my breastfeeding journey, and gave me the guidance and encouragement I needed to build my confidence as a new mother. The transition to parenthood is both beautiful and challenging. I know it would have been a much bumpier road without the amazing postpartum care and support my nurse-midwives provided”
Working with the midwifery team was one of my best life decisions. My relationship started over 20 years ago when I was pregnant with my second child. The level of care and support during my pregnancy was amazing. I continued with the staff far beyond my childbearing years as my midwife became my spiritual leader and caregiver. She had the ability to make me feel as if I was her only patient that day! I highly recommend this knowledgeable and caring groups of professionals.
I have had 5 children - some with doctors and some with midwives. The difference for me was dramatic and I would choose a midwife always, if one is available. The expertise, support and tender loving care they provide is exactly what I needed.
Midwife Services With Women for a Lifetime
Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) provide care from
your first period until after menopause, plus all the important health events in
- Exams for reproductive and/or primary care, including Pap tests, sexually transmitted infection screening, and blood work.
- Problem visits and treatments for vaginitis, sexually transmitted infections, menstrual problems, urinary tract infections, and other common health problems (including primary care problems).
- Initiation and monitoring of contraception (including IUD or implant insertion), family planning counseling, abortion counseling and care.
- Care of LGBTQ people with respect and sensitivity.
- Care throughout the childbearing cycle, including preconception counseling, prenatal care, attending your labor and birth, and postpartum care. Lactation support.
- Care for newborns.
- First exams and care for teens and young adults.
- Care of perimenopausal and menopausal people.
- Administering vaccines.
- Prescribing medications or equipment.
- And more!