Last week, I shared about three beautiful, mother-centered birthing spaces...in Denver/Boulder. I know that many mamas in Colorado Springs looked longingly at those birth centers, and asked "Why can't we have one of those here?"
I feel you. Colorado Springs NEEDS a birth center. But here's the good news: we have AMAZING midwifery care in the Pikes Peak Region. If you want to give birth with a midwife in Colorado Springs, you're in luck. We have options! And good ones!
Hospital Based Midwives
Now, I could probably go on about Jolene and Megan for pages. They catch babies at Memorial North, and have made huge and positive changes in the hospital birth scene in the few months they've been here.
They encourage mothers to birth in any position or way that makes them feel comfortable. Dim lights, aromatherapy, and constant and compassionate support are only a few of the many things they bring to their clients.
When I hear that someone is looking for a naturally-minded hospital experience, I point them to Jolene and Megan. In fact, I couldn't point them to anyone else. They are at that exceptional. And if my words can't convince you...I'll let these pictures speak for themselves!
In case you didn't know, Colorado Springs has a THRIVING homebirth community. We have some of the best homebirth midwives in the state, and the community only continues to grow. Homebirth midwives provide compassionate, evidence-based care in the comfort of your home. They bring the birth center to you!
Tiffany Jorgenson and Janet Schwab are the two Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) who catch babies in Colorado Springs. As CNMs they are able to prescribe certain medications and accept certain insurance policies. They've also attended nursing school and then gone on to do graduate work in midwifery.
Colorado Springs is blessed with a thriving community of Certified Professional Midwives (CPM). These midwives are knowledgeable and skilled professionals who have met the standards of certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives. The list below is far from comprehensive. If you'd like your midwife to be added to the list...please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you'd like to give birth with a midwife in Colorado Springs, I'd encourage you to meet with several of these amazing women. Talk to them. Ask them questions. Describe what you envision your birth looking like.
And then...take time to be by yourself. To imagine your birth and who might be with you during that transformational experience. Who do you feel comfortable with? Who puts you at ease? Who do you trust? I believe you'll know your answer then.
If you're interested in learning about how Cord can support you in your birth journey, you can find more information about our Colorado Springs doula services here.