I try to have an assistant attend every birth with me. This provides increased safety for the client and baby. Assistants are always trained in Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR and have the knowledge to assist in emergency situations such as hemorrhage. They share the duties of labor management with me when they have reached this level of competence.
Assistants are often midwifery apprentices/students. I have been involved in the training of several midwifery students over the years. Currently, I am working with Lisa Cirello, RN, CPM. Lisa lives in Milford, PA with her husband and children, and just completed her academic training through Birthwise School of Midwifery in Maine and her apprenticeship with me. She passed the NARM credentialing exam in June 2021 and is taking on some clients of her own while continuing to assist me when she is able.
Also assisting me is Christel Gillette. Christel is a mother of 7. She has experienced childbirth in hospital, birth center and home. She is enrolled in the National College of Midwifery midwifery program, a distance-learning program, for her academic learning while getting her clinical education from me. She started working with me in the middle of 2020, and is quickly moving toward acquisition of the CPM credential.
Together, Christel and Lisa and I have found that our team of three works as a cohesive unit during labors to keep birth safe while supporting the mother through labor.
As a backup, I may call Kimberly Rodriguez, a newer CPM in NEPA. Besides attending births in her own practice, she has agreed to assist me if needed or to cover for me if I am unavailable. You can read more about Kim on HER website: www.wayoflifemidwifery.com. I also occasionally assist Kim in HER client’s births when needed.