If you are looking for midwives in Miami you’ve come to the right place? Am I a midwife? Nope I offer newborn photography in South Florida. But I did all the research for you on who is highly rated and being recommended by local moms in South Florida. So take a look at this list and do further research yourself to find a Miami midwife that you love!
Just like my previous post on birthing centers in Miami I poured through local moms groups seeing who was recommended over and over again for midwives in Miami and South Florida area. Then I checked them out on Google to see what their reviews were and read through those. I also went through their websites to see who had the most user friendly sites and offered the most advice for new parents. Finally I put them all together in this post to make it easy on you!
Before we jump to the list (which you are welcome to do if you already know this part). I thought it would be a good time to talk about what midwives do. As someone who had to have 3 c-sections I didn’t get to work with a midwife so this was all new to me.
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What are Midwives?
According to Midwives Alliance of North America – “Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs.”
What do Midwives in Miami Florida do?
Midwives in Miami provide pre and postnatal care for pregnant moms just like an OBGYN. This includes exams during pregnancy and after. Plus they perform births and can assist new moms with things like lactation consultations and care. In fact midwives can provide annual checkups, birth control and menopause care.
How is a Miami Midwife different than an OBGYN?
As I mentioned before I had c-sections so my next question was how is a midwife different than an OBGYN? Of course there is a difference in education but I think we all know that just because you go to school for something and get a degree does not mean you automatically know more than someone who has trained on the job and done certification training.
So to me that isn’t a huge deal. In fact my obgyns office had a midwife so obviously they are well educated, trained and not competition for doctors.
It really comes down to types of births and pregnancies. High risk pregnancies like my own aren’t suited for a midwife because the chances of a c-section are higher and they cannot perform a c-section. But if you have a low risk pregnancy you don’t have to have an OBGYN. You can opt to work with a midwife! You can also feel confident in knowing that they are specially trained for pregnancy and births.
If you are low risk and interested in a home birth, water birth or a birth outside of a hospital in a birthing center a midwife would be your best choice. That isn’t to say they don’t deliver in hospitals because they definitely do that too!
Let’s take a look at the top 8 midwives in Miami that have been recommended by local South Florida moms.
Midwife & Co
Maggie Wardlaw is a Certified Nurse Midwife in Miami, FL. She has attended thousands of births, and is still in awe of women. She has 20 years of experience and her clients come back to her again and again for their baby’s births. Learn more about midwife and co and her at https://miamicnms.com/.
Created by two midwives in Miami Sandra and Galena. They desired to provide a natural birth experience and a natural birth community for expecting moms. They follow the The Midwives Model of Care™ which “is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events”. Learn more about Natural BirthWorks at https://www.naturalbirthworks.com/.
East Coast Midwifery
Michelle and Malu are the Miami midwives behind East Coast Midwifery. Their “practice rooted in holistic, traditional mother-baby care. “In our space, the pregnant mother is placed at the center of her care, her intuition is honored, her words are respected, she is truly supported and deeply loved”. Learn more at https://www.eastcoastmidwifery.com/.
Christa West is the midwife and owner of Coastal Midwifery. She has over 10 years of experience and is proud to have attended births in Haiti after the earthquake. “Our goal is to nurture and empower you through the journey of pregnancy, birth & postpartum while maintaining a healthy low-risk status of mama and baby”. Learn more at http://coastalmidwifery.com/.
Natural Birth Choices
Barbara Desamours Blot is the licensed midwife and owner of Natural Birth Choices. “As advocates of the Family-Centered Care model, we align our vision with their principles to provide optimal and effective health care delivery”. She is with you from pre-conception counseling through your pregnancy and birth and beyond to post partum care. Learn more at https://www.naturalbirthchoices.com.
Magnolia Birth House
You might have read about Magnolia Birth House on my Top 5 Birthing Centers in Miami post. Not only are they a birth center but they also have midwives on staff to support you. “At Magnolia, we guard and nurture the normal and natural process of pregnancy and birth, viewing care as a partnership between provider and client”. Learn more at https://www.magnoliabirthhouse.com.
Richard Louis Suarez, Certified Nurse Midwife has over 20 years experience. He makes up the midwife part of the team at Midwifery Associates OB/GYN. This practice also has an OB/GYN on staff Dr. Anthony Cardella. This can be a nice benefit if your pregnancy transitions from low risk to high risk in that you can stay with the same practice. “Our philosophy is women deserve respectful, competent, culturally sensitive health care throughout their lives.” Learn more at https://midwiferyassociates.webs.com.
The Best Midwives in Miami Florida
Hi there and thank you for stopping by! I’m Melissa, owner of Melissa Arlena Photography, a Miami newborn photographer specializing in young and growing families in South Florida. I hope this round up of the best midwives in Miami Florida that I shared today was helpful. If you are interested in talking with me more about a photo session, let’s connect. Not quite ready, but know you want to keep me in your back pocket? No problem! Follow me on Instagram and let’s be friends!
Melissa Arlena is an award winning Charlottesville & Richmond VA Master newborn & maternity photographer. She offers maternity, lifestyle newborn, and family photography in her relaxed, natural, and joyful style. Her clients love that not only do they get digital files from their session but artwork to display in their home. She is happy to design custom wall art galleries to show off your favorite photos! Be sure to check out the Nov 21 issue of Inspired magazine to see a feature on Melissa and her work!
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