For low-risk pregnancies, you have the option of choosing a midwife for your care. The basic philosophy of a midwife is that childbirth is a natural, normal event until proven otherwise, at which point you’ll work together to seek higher level intervention.
Here are the midwife credentials you’ll need to know:
- Certified nurse-midwife (CNM) – has at least a bachelor’s degree, with additional training in nursing and midwifery, and has taken exams to become certified.
- Certified midwife (CM) – has the same qualifications as CNMs but are not registered nurses.
- Certified professional midwife (CPM) – certified by the North American Registry of Midwives after passing practical and written examinations. Out-of-hospital experience is required for certification.
- Direct-entry midwife – may or may not have college degrees or certifications. They trained through apprenticeship, workshops, and/or formal instruction.
- Licensed Midwife (LM) – licensed to practice midwifery in a specific state, although not all states recognize LM and may require further certification.
- Other credentials you’ll see below: MSN (Master of Science in Nursing), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse)
No matter where you deliver, make sure you are getting the care YOU need, not just baby! Enlist your partner or support person to help you advocate.
Urban Family Co-op (formerly Dallas Birth Center)
“A cooperative of care providers with the common vision of serving families through all walks of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and beyond.”
Kristine Tawater LM, CPM is the owner & midwife. Click here for her bio and philosophy of care.
They offer prenatal care, birth (home birth, water birth, birth center), postpartum care, pediatrics, and more.
“Both in the hospital and outside of it, birth is miraculous. Intervention is usually unnecessary. You just have to step back and allow the body to be great!”
Krystal Brown, CPM
Dinah Waranch and Krystal Brown are the certified nurse midwives (CPMs). Click here for their bios.
FAQ here with info on services, safety, insurance, and more. They offer prenatal care, birth (home birth, water birth, birth center), and postpartum care. The center is also used for childbirth classes and parenting-related events.
“A family-centered, concierge-style practice that merges the out-of-hospital experience with the in-hospital setting.”
Centrally located: 8160 Walnut Hill Ln, Suite LL-006, Dallas, TX 75231 (972) 885-8306
Adrienne Jones, MSN, RN, CNM and Meghan Kaney-Francis, MSN, RN, CNM are the midwives. They also partner with a handful of physician colleagues when collaborative care is needed. Click here for their bios.
The certified nurse midwives of Modern Midwifery attend birth at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas. They offer well-woman care, preconception, prenatal, birth, and postpartum care.
“Our midwives have trained or worked in both hospital and out-of-hospital settings and are comfortable providing traditional midwifery as well as medical interventions when needed.”
Carla Morrow, DNP, DNM and Taylor Houser, DNP, CNM are the (mother-daughter) owners & midwives. Johanna Congleton, DNP, CNM and Meagan Whitehurst, MSN, CNM are additional midwives on staff. Dr. Alejandro Singer is also available for consultations or referrals.
They offer woman’s well visits, prenatal, and postpartum care out of a historic house across the street from Baylor Medical Center. Babies are delivered at Baylor.
“In our efforts to provide a holistic model of midwifery care; we tend to both the physiological and emotional aspects of pregnancy for the family.”
Origins employs 3 midwives, and you can read their bios here.
They offer prenatal care, birth (home birth, water birth, birth center), and postpartum care for you and baby. See their comprehensive FAQ here.
“Health encompasses more than just the physical well-being of the individual but also the psychological, social, and spiritual. Our aim is to nurture all aspects of health.”
Emily Sloan, APRN, CNM is the owner & midwife. Read her bio here.
They offer well-woman, prenatal, birth, postpartum, and newborn care, operating out of a newly renovated historic home located 2 minutes from Baylor Medical Center. Other services include classes and support groups, placenta encapsulation, chiropractic care, Ayurvedic treatments, and more.
“We believe every woman has the right to safe, respectful, evidence-based health care. Our midwives provide services for all stages of life in a supportive environment that facilitates a woman’s growth and empowerment.”
Jeannine Tate, Lindsay Silberstein, and Adrienne Jones are the midwives, all with MSN, APRN, and CNM. Read their bios here.
This is the only birth center in Plano. They offer well-woman, prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. Schedule a one-on-one tour at their site. In the event you needed to transfer to a hospital, they have privileges at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas.
“We honor women as whole beings who are entrusted with growing a child with a mind, body and soul. This is in contrast to the medical tendency to reduce pregnancy to a body growing a body.”
Joyce Nelson and Christina Buchanan are certified nurse midwives (CNMs). Click here for their bios.
They offer prenatal care, birth (home birth, water birth, birth center), postpartum, and well-woman care. Read more about the services they offer HERE.
“We believe your body knows better than any trained professional how to move your baby… into this world. Our evidence-based birthing practices seek to help your body do its job.”
They offer prenatal care, childbirth classes, birth (home birth, water birth, birth center), postpartum care, and breastfeeding support. Here’s a helpful FAQ on their services and midwifery in general.
“Birth your baby in a warm, caring and safe environment free from unnecessary intervention and strangers. A relationship with YOU, our client, is important to us.”
Kim Daly, LM, CPM/Owner and Lynette Cannon, LM, CPM are certified midwives. Read their bios here.
A few Dallas hospitals also allow midwives to attend births: