OBGYN- A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in women’s reproductive health. Obstetricians care for women during their pregnancy and just after the baby is born. They also deliver babies. An ob-gyn is trained to do all of these things.

Obstetrician- a doctor who specializes in pregnancy, childbirth, and a woman’s reproductive system. Although other doctors can deliver babies. An obstetrician, also called an OB/GYN.

Gynecologist- a surgeon and usually a Medical Doctor (M.D.) who specializes in diseases of the female genital tract and women’s health. This means diseases of the uterus (womb), Fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix (opening of the womb), vagina, and vulva (external genital organs).

Fertility Specialist- a reproductive endocrinologist — a physician who practices a sub-specialty of obstetrics and gynecology called reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). REI is an area of medicine that addresses hormonal functioning as it pertains to reproduction and infertility in both women and men.

Urogynecologist- a physician who has completed medical school and a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and then gone on to receive additional, highly specialized training in surgical and non-surgical treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

Endocrinologist- have the training to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in the body. The common diseases and disorders of the endocrine system that endocrinologists deal with include diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders.



Midwives Are Trained Professionals

Midwives are the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. 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. Midwifery is a woman-centered empowering model of maternity care that is utilized in all of the countries of the world with the best maternal and infant outcomes such as The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada.

Types of Midwives

In the United States there are several pathways to midwifery education and training. Most pathways result in midwifery certification and qualify the candidate for licensing in her/his state or municipality. Candidates seeking to become certified and licensed midwives can choose among several routes of entry into the profession using nurse-midwifery or direct-entry midwifery educational programs. The most common types of midwives are listed below including the three professional U.S. midwifery credentials, Certified Professional Midwives (CPM), Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM), and Certified Midwives (CM).

Midwives in the United States

There are approximately 15,000 practicing midwives in the United States.  Midwives may practice in private homes, clinics, birth centers, and hospitals. In most countries, midwives are primary health care providers and the central pillar in maternity care and women’s health care. However, slightly more than 10% of births in the U.S. are attended by midwives. Countries that utilize midwives as primary health care providers are also those countries in which mothers and infants fare best. The United States continues to rank behind most of the developed world in terms of infant and maternal mortality.

Midwives Foster Relationships with Women

Midwives value communication and developing a trusting, working relationship with the women and families they serve. In the course of developing that relationship, midwives provide personalized and thorough care at many levels: preconception, pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and beyond. Many midwives provide primary health care, gynecological care, and care of the normal newborn. Some midwives prescribe medications including family planning and contraceptive methods. In addition to being trained to conduct comprehensive physical exams and order laboratory, screening and other diagnostic tests, midwives provide extensive health care education and counseling, as well as engage in shared decision-making with their clients and patients.

Professional Midwives

Certified Midwife (CM): 

A Certified Midwife (CM) is an individual educated in the discipline of midwifery, who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM): 

A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

Certified Professional Midwife (CPM): 

A Certified Professional Midwife is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the midwifery model of care. The CPM is the only midwifery credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings.

Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM): 

A direct-entry midwife is an independent practitioner educated in the discipline of midwifery through self-study, apprenticeship, a midwifery school, a college, or university-based program distinct from the discipline of nursing. A direct-entry midwife is trained to provide the Midwives Model of Care to healthy women and newborns throughout the childbearing cycle primarily in out-of-hospital settings. Licensed Midwives (LM) and Registered Midwives (RM) are examples of direct-entry midwives.

International Definition of the Midwife

(Updated and Endorsed by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), June 2011)

A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a midwifery education programme that is duly recognized in the country where it is located and that is based on the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice and the framework of the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education; who has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery and use the title ‘midwife’; and who demonstrates competency in the practice of midwifery.

The midwife is recognized as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical care 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 the community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and child care.

A midwife may practice in any setting including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units.

Traditional Midwives

In addition, there are midwives who—for religious, personal, and philosophical reasons—choose not to become certified or licensed. Typically they are called traditional or community-based midwives. They believe that they are ultimately accountable to the communities they serve; or that midwifery is a social contract between the midwife and client/patient, and should not be legislated at all; or that women have a right to choose qualified care providers regardless of their legal status.

Information collected from,   http://mana.org/about-midwives/what-is-a-midwife

www.ibiop.com Privacy Policy

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What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?
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The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

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What is a doula? 

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Birth Doula

A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA). DONA International has the highest certification standards for doulas worldwide. When a doula has earned the credential of CD(DONA), it shows that the doula has met all the requirements of our rigorous certification program.

A doula designated as an AdvCD(DONA) has applied for and been selected through a rigorous review process, including but not limited to, being certified for a minimum number of years and having made major contributions to the promotion and advancement of the mission and purpose of DONA International, the doula profession and in the maternal-child field.

A Postpartum Doula

A Postpartum Doula

A postpartum doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials PCD(DONA). DONA International has the highest certification standards for doulas worldwide. When a doula has earned the credential of PCD(DONA), it shows that the doula has met all the requirements of our rigorous certification program.

A doula designated as an AdvPCD(DONA) has applied for and been selected through a rigorous review process, including but not limited to, being certified for a minimum number of years and having made major contributions to the promotion and advancement of the mission and purpose of DONA International, the doula profession and in the maternal-child field.

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.

Breastfeeding Consultant(s)

Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs) are individuals who have successfully completed Healthy Children Project’s Certified Lactation Counselor Training Program, an Accredited ANCC Nursing Skills Competency Program and are certified by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).

CLCs have successfully completed a 45-hour training based upon the footprint of the World Health Organization/UNICEF Breastfeeding Counselling Training Course*,  have successfully passed a criterion-referenced examination, and demonstrated the competencies and skills required to provide safe, evidence-based counseling for pregnant, lactating and breastfeeding women including the

• Ability to recognize one’s own and others attitudes, values and expectations about infant feeding and healthy lifestyles.

• Ability to apply the concept of an individualized approach to counseling and management
of breastfeeding.

• Ability to use appropriate, effective and sensitive communication skills.

• Ability to identify opportunities to offer information/education within the counseling encounter.

• Ability to assess physical and psychosocial aspects of the breastfeeding dyad.

• Ability to utilize reliable tools to assess affective/ineffective breastfeeding and milk transfer.

• Ability to incorporate evidence based approaches to practice and make appropriate referrals.

• Knowledge of programs, policies and legislation on state, national and international levels that promote, protect and support breastfeeding.


International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies.


Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALCs) and Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultants (ANLCs) are individuals who have successfully completed the Healthy Children Project’s Advanced Issues in Lactation Practice Certification Program and are certified by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).

ALCs and ANLCs have successfully completed a 45-hour training and have successfully passed a criterion-referenced examination, and demonstrated the competencies and skills required to provide safe, evidence-based counseling for pregnant, lactating and breastfeeding women including:

  • Ability to construct and maintain conditions that predispose mothers and babies to an uncomplicated breastfeeding experience through counseling, education and support;
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate behavioral, cultural and social conditions predisposing mothers and babies to an uncomplicated breastfeeding experience;
  • Ability to assess for, monitor and evaluate physical conditions that predispose mothers and babies to a complex breastfeeding experience;
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate behavioral, cultural and social conditions that predispose mothers and babies to complex breastfeeding experiences;
  • Ability to identify and advocate for aspects of breastfeeding management programs that facilitate optimal health outcomes;
  • Ability to assess breastfeeding using a multi-faceted approach;
  • Ability to use counseling skills and techniques that are supportive to breastfeeding mothers and babies;.
  • Ability to identify and advocate for public health strategies that serve to protect breastfeeding;
  • Ability to coordinate care consistent with standards of professional ethics and behavior;


Placenta Specialist

The placenta can be mom’s gateway to wellness postpartum as it is reported to curb “the baby blues” and prevent postpartum depression. Ingesting the placenta is also believed to increase a mother’s blood level of a hormone known as CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone), a known stress-reducer. Studies have also shown that eating the placenta can also increase milk production, and slow postpartum bleeding. Find a placenta encapsulation specialist here.

Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialists (CPES): 

  • Follow strict OSHA guidelines
  • Trained in Food Safety Handling
  • Knowledgeable in the benefits of placentophagy
  • Experienced professionals
  • Answer your questions



4 Ways to Prepare Your Placenta 


Pregnancy and childbirth are unbelievably taxing to a woman’s system, and scientific research has shown that the placenta is rich in the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body needs to recover. Experts agree that the placenta contains hormones and that reintroducing them to your system will ease postpartum hormonal fluctuations. Your placenta is perfectly made for you, by you.

There are many ways to prepare your placenta for ingestion. Here are four ways: (some of them may sound wild!)

  1. Cook your placenta into a lasagna
  2. Juice your raw placenta into a smoothie
  3. Simply eat the placenta raw (wow!)
  4. Encapsulate your placenta with the Traditional Chinese Method (TCM)

With the first three methods, you have a very small window of time to reap the benefits of the placenta, and some moms find that they’re turned off by the idea of ingesting the placenta in its natural state. The third method of encapsulation provides the benefit of extended time. You can take your placenta capsules long after baby’s birth. In fact, there is an argument that the capsules are best taken a month after baby is born to accommodate the fluctuation of hormones at that time.

By encapsulating your placenta you enjoy the benefits immediately and also long term. Furthermore,  encapsulating your placenta may also be the most discrete way to enjoy the benefits. 


8 Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation


There are many benefits of the placenta that start the moment baby relies on it for sustenance. It’s value is immeasurable. All the most dense nutrients can be found in the placenta, so after a baby is born, mammals of all kinds eat the placenta in order to retain those nutrients. Listed here are some of the benefits of having those nutrients.

Placenta encapsulation is an easy, safe, and completely natural way to restore nutrients needed after birth.

You only get one placenta per birth – encapsulation allows you to get the most out of this rare and precious gift.