Looking for a home birth midwife in Kalamazoo? It’s a question we hear often from area families! Here’s our list of midwives currently practicing in the Kalamazoo area:   Linda Healey, CPM Battle Creek 269-832-0755 birthalternatives.com It’s best to contact Linda by phone.   Star Bontrager, CPM Cassopolis 574-248-2485   Emily Likens, CPM Plainwell 719-429-0361…

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By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) When colleagues around the country and the world ask me what our birth culture is like in Southwest Michigan, I tell them that overall, things aren’t too bad. Birth here is better than a lot of places, occasionally great, and we’re still working toward total fabulousness. We have a…

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By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) Today, we are celebrating the best of news! We received the official word late yesterday that administrators at Borgess Medical Center, an Ascension Health facility, have restored full midwifery privileges to the Certified Nurse Midwives practicing through Borgess Women’s Health. Fantastic! There are a number of very specific things to…

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By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) Over the past 14 years, we’ve worked with thousands of families giving birth in Southwest Michigan. We’ve also heard a lot about their relationships with their providers — good and bad. Here’s a relatively common story we hear from our students and clients: “I want XYZ for my birth,…

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By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) You’ve done your research and you know that laboring at home until strong, active labor could help you lower your risk of cesarean birth and other interventions. You’ve got your doula on board, you’ve prepped with a great birth class, and you’re ready to rockstar your way through an…

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UPDATE: Today, September 13, 2018, Beth Hawver from Friends of Michigan Midwives and I met with Dr. Jennifer Frink, at her invitation. Our goal was to encourage Borgess Medical Center and Ascension administrators to restore full scope of practice to the CNMs, including VBAC. We carried your stories, hopes and concerns with us — supporting…

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Early labor started for me around 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I was only having one to two contractions an hour that were strong enough to wake me up. My husband, Neil, brought a futon into our bedroom so that I could wake up to manage the contractions on the floor and then go…

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