Missouri Midwifery Service is a faith-based Christian organization guided by a volunteer board of directors consisting of Amish and Mennonite community leaders. Members of the Board of Directors have utilized the clinics for the health care needs of their own families. Thus, they are stakeholders who are intimately aware of the wishes and needs of other families utilizing the clinic for healthcare.
In 2005, the board opened their first location, the Missouri Mennonite Clinic, a rural facility located outside Versailles, Missouri. The aim was to provide quality, affordable, individualized, holistic, and culturally-sensitive maternity care to Amish and Mennonite families residing nearby.
In the fall of 2017, the board of directors opened a second location (Missouri Midwifery Service) in Springfield, Missouri, just 1 mile from Cox South Hospital. Their goal is to enlarge service at this new location to members of the public. Any woman wishing for prevention-based healthcare services (provided through a midwifery model of care) is welcome to come meet the staff or tour the Springfield facility. The Mennonite leadership is aware that their Christian worldview and available services are not the best match for everyone. However, they are happy to serve interested patients and families, who are at low risk for obstetric complications.
Both locations are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Parochial Health Clinic, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization registered with the state of Missouri and operated by the board of Directors.
We, at Missouri Midwifery, focus specifically on providing mothers, babies, and families with the opportunity to make the birthing process an intimate and empowering one. Families and staff working at Missouri Midwifery Service are grateful to the Mennonite Board of Directors for their contribution and sacrifice. We believe that their willingness to contribute to the Springfield, Missouri healthcare community will benefit area families.
Missouri Midwifery Philosophy
We believe natural birth is a normal life experience. With the right certified nurse midwife and focused, flexible care, you can give birth without medical intervention and routine IV fluids. A certified nurse midwife provides 1 to 1 support and guidance throughout your labor and birth. This intimacy and trust between you and your medical practitioner is integral to your comfort. You can rest assured that our nurses have your health and your child’s well-being in mind.
We encourage you to be upright and mobile. If you want to eat, you can eat. If you want to relax in a jacuzzi or warm shower, feel free. At Missouri Midwifery, giving birth is a mother’s experience, and we give mothers all the support needed to make this experience empowering.
The Certified Nurse Midwife’s 13 Pearls
As published by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, we endorse and employ the 13 evidence-based Pearls of Midwifery Wisdom:
- Allow women to eat in early labor and drink throughout
- No routine IV fluids
- Intermittent fetal monitoring for low-risk women
- Encourage women to be upright and mobile
- Provide continuous 1 to 1 support
- Don’t routinely perform artificial rupture of membranes
- Honor the “lull phase” of second stage
- No routine episiotomies or aggressive vaginal stretching
- Delay cord clamping
- Encourage immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding
- Listen to the evidence, listen to women, and trust yourself
- Have patience with labor progress
- Encourage vaginal birth after cesarean
All of the RNs on staff at Missouri Midwifery have undergone education in breastfeeding and lactation support. They are certified in neonatal resuscitation (NRP) and adult CPR. Our staff is highly trained, highly motivated, and many of us understand your experience as only mothers who have given natural birth can.
In Case of Emergency
Natural birth, however, is not the same as denying any potential medical intervention. Missouri Midwifery is developing a working relationship with Cox South Hospital (closest to our location in Springfield, Mo). We monitor your condition carefully and do our best to identify any potential problems well before they occur. In rare cases, a mother must transfer to the care of an OB/GYN, and we do all we can to make that transition as smooth as possible.
Talk to Us Today
Trust in and comfort with your certified nurse midwife will create a better environment for your natural birth, and we do everything we can to develop relationships with mothers we are serving. The well woman exam is a great place to start. We encourage you to ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere where your comfort is key. Contact Missouri Midwifery today for more information on how we make your natural birth process about you and your family.