Finding a Midwife in Hawai`i

Midwifery is a health care profession where providers are experts in women’s reproductive health. They give prenatal care to expecting mothers, attend the birth of the infant, and provide postpartum care to the mother and her infant. Practitioners of midwifery are known as midwives, a term used in reference to both women and men (the etymology of midwife is mid = with and wif = woman).

Midwives are autonomous practitioners who are specialists in normal pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum. They generally strive to help women have a healthy pregnancy and natural birth experience. Midwives are also primary care givers providing general women’s health care. Midwives are trained to recognize and deal with deviations from the norm. Obstetricians, in contrast, are specialists in illness related to childbearing and in surgery. The two professions can be complementary but often are at odds because obstetricians are taught to “actively manage” labor, while midwives are taught not to intervene unless necessary.

Midwives refer to obstetricians when a woman requires care beyond her or his areas of expertise. In many jurisdictions, these professions work together to provide care to childbearing women. In others, only the midwife is available to provide care. Midwives are trained to handle certain situations that are considered abnormal, including breech birth and posterior position, using non-invasive techniques. In many areas of the world, traditional midwives, renamed “traditional birth attendants” by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other groups, are the only available providers for childbearing women.

In the 1700s obstetricians were referred to as male midwives and once treated patients for female hysteria.

Defining midwifery

According to the International Confederation of Midwives (a definition that has also been adopted by the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics):

A midwife is a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational program that is duly recognised in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery. The educational program may be an apprenticeship, a formal university program, or a combination. The midwife is recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the infant. This care includes preventive measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, accessing of medical or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures. The midwife has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and childcare. A midwife may practice in any setting including in the home, the community, hospitals, clinics or health units.

This definition is controversial and not everyone agrees with the exclusion of traditional midwives who in developing countries often are the only people available to assist women in birth.

Other resources:

http://www.birthingwithmidwives.com/component/option,com_sobi2/catid,222/Itemid,71/

http://hawaii.parentzone.com/parentresources.asp?prid=55

http://www.midwiveshawaii.com/

http://www.thefarm.org/midwives/index.html

Reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midwife

 

Finding a midwife in Hawai`i is usually done by word of mouth

There is also the Midwives Alliance of Hawai`i: http://www.midwiveshawaii.com/ which gives a list of midwives on every island except for Kaua`i and Moloka`i.  It gives great information about midwifery, what they provide, the different certifications of midwives and other great information.

Midwifery will disappear if the majority of women no longer use midwives, support them and choose to have a midwife for your maternity care. 

 

May 5th is International Midwives Day and this year there was a silent march/sign waving at the State Capitol to honor them, here is the story:  http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200880505033

 

 

Here are Hospitals with Midwives:

Tripler Army Medical Center-

http://www.yourmilitaryinhawaii.com/pdf/MedicalDental.pdf; 433-6661

Kaiser Hospital Moanalua-

http://info.kp.org/html/midwife_hi/index.html?kp_shortcut_referrer=kp.org/midwife/hi

Castle Medical Center –

Joan Thompson; http://koolauwomenshealthcare.com/our-practice/our-providers.php

On the Big Island there is the Hawai`i Community Hospital:

http://www.northhawaiicommunityhospital.org/getpage.php?name=pregnancy

*Remember that talking with a few midwives would be a good idea as it would be best to find a care provider no matter it be a OB/GYN or midwife that fits your needs and desires.  This is your birth, please know your options.

List of midwives on O`ahu:

Kaiser CNM’s:

Linda Chong Tim

Connie Conover

Brenda Jackson

Reagan Turner-Bell

Mary Henley

TAMC (Tripler) CNM’s:

Sandy Hodges

Donna Sanders

Nancy Steimer

Rosemary Griggs

Eulin Harrison

Dana Quealy

Castle Medical Center:

Joan Thompson

 

O`ahu Homebirth Midwives:

 

Selena Green; Hale Kealaula – Phone: 415-505-4906; Email: mamaselena.midwife.com; Website: http://www.halekealaula.com

Dr Lori Kimata; Sacred Healing Arts –  Phone: 808-949-4938; Website: http://sacredhealingarts.info/

Vanessa Jensen – Phone: 809-754-6122 http://www.littlelightmidwifery.comVanessaCPMWaldorf.com

Kaja Gibbs; Hawai`i Midwifery – 808-722-7412; hawaiimidwifery@gmail.com; http://www.hawaiimidwifery.com

Farrah Rivera; Hawai`i Midwifery – 808-636-5695; hawaiimidwifery@gmail.com; http://www.hawaiimidwifery.com

 

Kaua`i Midwives:

Home Birth Kaua`i: http://www.homebirthkauai.com/

Sharon Offley

Colleen Bass

Hawai`i Island Midwives:

Darby Partner CPM 808-313-2428; http://www.unfoldinglotus.com

Amy Kirbow; CPM homebirth midwife in Kona, Hawaii.  808-797-3422 http://konabirth.gomidwife.com/

Dani Kennedy

Roxanne Estes

Nina Millar

 

Maui Midwives:

Sky Connelly: ManaMidwifery.wordpress.com

Melissa Walsh Chong: zenclasses@gmail.com (478) 960-6367
http://www.thezenden.info

21 thoughts on “Finding a Midwife in Hawai`i

    1. Aloha Amy! 🙂 Thank you, sorry I haven’t updated this in a while :0/ I am a member of MAH and look forward to meeting you one day! 🙂
      ~Summer

  1. My homebirth practice is Talk Story Midwifery.Thauna Abrin is now focusing on Naturopathic care for individuals on the autism spectrum specializing in ‘Cease Therapy’ and no longer does homebirths.Again,Miriam Abrin midwifegranny@gmail.com,808-255 4393

  2. Hi!
    I am moving from Florida to Hawaii in July and will be about 6 months pregnant. My husband is in the military and I have Tricare Standard. I’m considered “high risk”, however I think it’s mostly as a precaution. I have a calcium condition (Familial Hypercacluria Hypercalcemia). Ideally I’d like to give birth with a midwife in a hospital that has a NICU. I have searched the web high and low and cannot really find good information about Midwives/MDs that are available. I am overwhelmed and would apprecaite any information.

    1. Aloha Lauren!

      Sorry it has taken me so long to reply but I’m going to email you as well as reply here.

      Since you have Tricare, Tripler would be the first hospital that comes to mind and they do have Certified Nurse Midwives there. I would call ASAP to see if you can get into their program.

      Next, if you are able to switch just for your pregnancy and birth you could go with Kaiser, they also have CNM’s there.

      If you are looking for an OB/Gyn let me know your preference, whether their office is in your area; male or female etc and I will try to refer you to someone.

      Finally, I’m going to research and ask around about your calcium condition. If it’s something that can be controlled and brings you to a place of being ‘low-risk’ are you willing to do out of hospital birth?

      Look forward to hearing from you, please keep in touch and welcome to Hawai`i! It’s not much different from FL environmentally but the culture can be quite discerning for some. Let me know if you have any other questions/concerns 🙂

      A hui hou,
      Summer

  3. Aloha– Just wanted to add my name to the list! I will be moving back to Maui in March 2014, and serving pregnant families who desire homebirth with a CPM. You can check out my website: ManaMidwifery.wordpress.com for more info! Looking forward to returning to the ‘aina and my Maui ohana. Aloha!

    1. Aloha Missy! Do you know any of the other Midwives on Maui? I usually only add people who I know or are at least acquaintances with people I know 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you and please give me a call/text or email too if you’d like.
      ~Summer 808-387-1098, sumfaria@gmail.com

  4. I am a currently a student in a CNM program, and have all intentions on moving back home to Hawaii (Big Island) to practice. I would like to meet with a CNM and have a discussion on working on the island. I don’t see any CNM’s added here on the list. Are you aware if any are practicing on the island of Hawaii?

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