Candace Robinson, CPM
I am a direct-entry midwife (DEM) and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), and I assist women and their families in having homebirths. I live in central Kentucky, outside of Lexington. After my first child was born in a hospital in 1993, I learned about doulas. I decided that I wanted to support women in labor by becoming a birth doula. After my second child was born at home in 1997 with a midwife in attendance, I first considered studying to be a midwife. For two and a half years, I apprenticed with a handful of local direct-entry midwives attending homebirths. In 2000, I finally made the decision to seek more expertise and expand my clinical skills at Casa de Nacimiento, a free-standing birth center in El Paso, Texas. I interned there for approximately 10 weeks. That experience, coupled with apprenticeship, was the best thing that I could have ever done to prepare myself to attend homebirths as a primary midwife.
I am specifically trained in normal birth. I am equipped to recognize situations that could potentially become complicated and seek to prevent or manage them before complications arise. I possess a skillset- obtained through years of working outside of a hospital- which allows me to intercede when, otherwise, a safe homebirth would not be possible. I am also trained to appropriately consult and/or refer to a hospital care provider during an emergency or when a situation is out of my scope of practice. I adamantly support the rights of women and their families to make informed choices about their own care. I believe that women's bodies work, and that birth usually unfolds in the way it is meant to when uninterfered with.
I provide competent midwifery care for women choosing to birth at home. I have attended several hundred homebirths, and many free-standing birth center and hospital births. I have also attended over 90 home waterbirths as of August 2007.
As well as caring for pregnant women and new mothers, I am also at times training student midwives. I believe that it is vital to pass on the knowledge that has been entrusted to me. It is important to have enough well-trained direct-entry midwives to keep up with the growing demand of mothers choosing homebirth in Kentucky. My apprentices accompany me to prenatal appointments, births, and postpartum appointments in order to observe and gain the hands-on training needed to become competent midwives. They can be a truly valuable part of the birth team.