International Day of the Midwife!

We are so pleased to be featuring a guest on our blog today! Laura Lawson, CNM, is the owner and midwife of Her Choice Midwifery Services in Bloomington, IL, serving the Central Illinois area with CNM attended home birth.

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Happy International Day of the Midwife to all my colleagues , midwives, and midwifery students. International Day of the Midwife (IDM) was an idea to honor and recognize midwives around the world. Wikipedia states IDM was first celebrated May 5, 1991, and has since been observed in over 50 nations around the world. The idea was conceived at the 1987 International Confederation of Midwives conference in the Netherlands.

The word midwife is translated “with” “woman”. A midwife comes in all varieties here in the states from a CPM, certified professional midwife, to a CM, certified midwife, to a CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife. We even have male midwives, we don’t discriminate. Midwives practice in the hospitals, clinics, birthing centers, free standing or attached to hospitals, and in homes. In some states it is possible for midwives to be in solo practices/own their own practices. Midwives work with women and their families and generally support and encourage natural childbirth. However, they can prescribe medications. In addition to providing care during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, midwives provide well women care.

Regardless of our training, education and practice setting I do feel that midwifery has one common belief and that is to support, guide, educate and empower women. We as midwives specialize in normal and it is our job, passion and role to give to our patients the tools and knowledge to let them make an informed decision regarding their care.

I recently had the opportunity to open my own practice. I named it “Her Choice Midwifery Services”. I truly feel that every woman should have a choice in her care. Informed decision making should happen and be honored.

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My most recent homebirth was a returning client and she stated the only way she would do a homebirth was with me. Trusting your midwife/health care provider is important.

My patient had a waterbirth & used hypnobabies with her first birth at a local hospital. She was nervous about not being able to have a waterbirth this time around as local hospitals do no offer waterbirths any longer. So when I opened my practice, it only made since to her and her husband to have a homebirth. Her first labor was very short, 6 hours, and this labor was only 4 hours. She was able to have a waterbirth and she used utilized hypnobabies again.

The homebirth was so peaceful and a non-intervention delivery. It was different from the hospital birth as there were less vaginal exams, she was able to have who she wanted there, she was able to eat, move in any position she wanted, less monitoring, no IV during labor, and was in the comforts of her own home. Her baby was also born encaul, born in his amniotic sac. Her wishes were discussed prenatally and honored in labor. Her and her baby boy and family did well. She had a great homebirth and an amazing experience.


I am so happy to offer this service to the women in Bloomington/Normal and the surrounding areas. Currently there are only 3 CNMs in central Illinois that are offering homebirth services.

For questions re: midwifery services, homebirths or Her Choice Midwifery Services:

Call 309-585-3535

Facebook: Her Choice Midwifery Services

Laura Lawson, CNM/ Owner Her Choice Midwifery Services


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