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Philosophy

Birth is both normal and extraordinary.  It should be respected and honored, and works best when interfered with as little as possible. I encourage women to be active participants in decision-making and self-care. When informed, supported and encouraged to follow their own instincts, women can give birth under their own power. Experienced in this way, birth has the potential to be a transformative event.

 

In the absence of complications, I support watchful waiting.  Interventions and technology will be discussed and used approriately with consultation and collaboration in the healthcare system when necessary. I combine caring and sensitivity with knowledge of evidence-based guidelines to promote well-being and safety throughout the childbearing year.

 

Midwifery Model of Care (MANA)

Citizens for Midwifery Model of Care

Kasey DiVine, RN, CPM, LM

 

I have been dedicated to supporting women and families since 2004. I began as a childbirth educator, but soon realized that Midwifery was where my heart was. I love the balancing of skill, art, science and dedicated service that defines the midwifery care that I offer. 

 

I chose the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential because it is the only option that includes education and clinical experience in out-of-hospital birth and apprenticeship with an experienced midwife.  I have a BA from Rutgers University, completed my midwifery education through National College of Midwifery and I am a Registered Nurse. I am a wife and the mother of 3 children, 2 of whom were born at home.
 

The Practice

 

My service includes comprehensive prenatal care in my office or your home, attendance at your birth, postpartum, initial newborn care and breastfeeding support. I allow ample time at each visit to discuss questions, concerns, options and to establish a trusting rapport according to the following schedule:

 

Monthly visits from the intitial visit to 28 weeks

Bi-monthly visits from 28 to 36 weeks

Weekly visits from 36 weeks to birth

3 postpartum visits

 

Every client has access to an inflatable birth pool, should they choose to labor or birth in the water.

 

Homebirth

 

Planned home birth with a licensed, experienced provider is a safe option for low-risk, healthy women.  Home birth works best when the provider has access to the healthcare system allowing for collaboration and transfer of care when home birth is no longer a safe option.  For more information, please check out these links.

 

Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife

Planned Out-of-Hospital Birth and Birth Outcomes

ACNM on Home Birth

Home Birth Matters-For All Women

Citizens for Midwifery Fact Sheet