Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)?

A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the Midwives Model of Care. The CPM is the only midwifery credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings.


All of the midwives at Motherly Way are Certified Professional Midwives and are licensed by the state of Texas.


Who can birth with the midwives of Motherly Way?

Healthy women anticipating a low-risk pregnancy and birth, who have investigated their options and feel that an out-of-hospital birth is right for them, are encouraged to contact the midwives of Motherly Way for a thorough risk assessment. We want to ensure that you are indeed low-risk and a good candidate for midwifery care and an out-of-hospital birth. We will discuss your current health status and any past pregnancies/deliveries to help us determine your risk status. If we confirm that you are low-risk we will then give you a tour of the Birth Center and schedule your initial visit.


What are my birthing options?

Motherly Way offers births within our licensed birth center as well as within your home.


When do I begin my prenatal care?

We will schedule your first prenatal visit at 12 weeks. Until then you will have the phone number of a midwife in case you have any questions or issues prior to your initial visit.


Can I have an ultrasound?

Yes. We have quite a few clients who desire an ultrasound for peace of mind or to learn the sex of their baby. Midwives are not anti-technology; we believe in the appropriate use of technology and informed choice. Your pregnancy and birth are yours-we are here to educate you and make it as positive an experience as possible. We are more than happy to provide a referral if you desire an ultrasound.


Do you take insurance?

Yes, many insurance companies will cover birth with a licensed midwife. We have a verification process that will determine the specifics of your insurance and what deductibles and copays are required. How much your insurance pays is dependent upon your plan and we will work to get you the best coverage possible. At this time Blue Cross Blue Shield does not cover licensed midwives.


Can I eat and drink during labor?

Of course! Your body is working hard and needs energy. You need to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids, especially those with nutrients and calories to keep your muscles working effectively. Many women lose their appetite at some point during labor, but you are encouraged to eat light foods if you so desire.


After I have my baby how long do I stay at the birth center?

The postpartum stay is intended to ensure that mother and baby are well and stable before they return home. Your stay after birth is typically 4 hours, for some women it may shorter, others it may be longer. Most women prefer the idea of returning to their own home and bed for the quality rest and relaxation that it brings.


Can I have a water birth?

Yes! Water birth is a wonderful, safe option for moms and babies. We have a beautiful birthing tub if you desire a water birth.


Can I have a vaginal birth if I have had a previous cesarean?

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) is a safe option for most women. We would love to speak with you to discuss your interest in a VBAC.

Kelli Shanna
Shanna Cloyd, LM, CPM
Kelli Beaty, LM, CPM
1201 W. Texas Avenue, Midland, TX 79701
Phone: (432) 687 4645 Fax: (432) 687 4645
Email: info@motherlywaymaternityservices.com