The Grow Midwives Mission

It’s no secret to those who work in women’s healthcare that the United States is experiencing a shortage of providers. At this critical moment in history, the medical community is tasked with providing high quality care without adequate resources. This shortage is part of why the US ranks near the bottom among developed countries in terms of maternal health outcomes.

 

Midwives are an underutilized resource in the United States and we believe this underutilization is due to a lack of understanding surrounding this role in the modern healthcare system. By better incorporating Midwives into collaborative care teams, we can help alleviate this shortage and improve healthcare outcomes.

 

The American College of Nurse-Midwives, as well as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have both outlined how to incorporate Midwives into a team-based, collaborative care model, but very few people know how to make this a reality.

 

The goal of Grow Midwives is to build relationships and educate Physicians, Hospitals, and Midwives about best practices in collaborative experiences, so that a variety of care models, in a variety of settings, can be easily adopted by both established Hospitals and independent healthcare providers. We help to create, build, enhance, and advance existing structures, no matter if they are Physician, Midwife, or Hospital owned, in a urban or rural Hospital, or stand alone Birth Center.

Meet Grow Midwives

During the last 40 years, Ginger Breedlove and Lesley Rathbun have delivered tens-of-thousands of babies, educated thousands of practicing Midwives, and acted as tireless advocates for families. They have headed successful business ventures in the hospital and birth center industries, shaped legislation aiming to reduce barriers to practice for Midwives, and advocated for birth centers at both the state and national level.

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Why Mothers, Hospitals, and Doctors Love Midwives in Collaborative Care

Midwives

When working in collaboration with OBGYNs or Family Practice physicians, Midwives are valuable colleagues who can easily and safely provide care for the majority of women from teen years through their lifespan.

Mothers

Mothers are empowered to have their ideal birth experience in a respectful, safe environment. More than 98% of women who give birth with a Midwife say they would refer Midwifery care to family and friends.

 

Hospitals

By incorporating Midwives into collaborative care teams, hospitals diversify their maternity care product offering and stay relevant in a competitive environment. Midwives help lower costs while providing equally positive outcomes for normal, healthy births.

Doctors

Doctors are able to focus their time and energy on the patients that need their care the most. By coming together as a team to provide the right care at the right place at the right time, collaborating with midwives means fewer calls for doctors, less need for triage, and time to focus on patients with surgical needs. Midwives help rebalance the scale of services by not providing too much too soon, or, too little too late. (Lancet article)

Contact Us If You Are Interested In Consulting For A Birth Center Business, Incorporating Midwives Into Maternity Care Teams Or Are A Midwife In Need Of Professional Coaching