Monday, September 10, 2018
I was recently asked a question in an interview that I have not been asked before. "No offense, but how do I know you are who you say you are?"
This question was asked right off the bat by a father during an interview in their home. I usually schedule potential new client interviews at Deb's, so that the family can meet all of us, see where prenatal appointments will be held, and get an idea of the drive they will be making every 2 weeks or every week as their birth draws nearer. Our appointment schedule has been quite busy, and the family lived closer to me, so I visited with them in their home instead.
"I mean, you could be anybody walking in here," he continued. And I agreed with him. That is a valid question.
It's usually the case, and it was the case in this instance, where the one who is pregnant is the one who has done the reading, searching, and talking with her friends about what she wants from her birth experience and care provider. It can come as a shock to a partner whose only experience with birth has been from tv shows or maybe a couple hospital births. "You want to do what?! Who is this person who will be coming into my home?”
I acknowledged that he was right to question me and gave him some websites where he could verify my credentials.
Part of what makes home birth work so well is the relationship and trust midwives build with our clients. Our goal is that by the time we come to your home to assist you in giving birth, you will have become very familiar and comfortable with us, and you will trust that your family is in good hands. In the rare event that complications arise, we want you to feel confident that we will make the best decisions possible, refer out when necessary, and continue to support you through a change in plans. Feeling safe during labor helps labor to progress normally.
If I need to show proof of the claims I make (for example, I mentioned that in almost 22 years of nursing, I’ve never been involved in a lawsuit) in order to earn credibility, then I’m ok with that. I’ll be happy to show you a website where you can check that out for yourself.
I have updated my "Meet Paula" page with links to the pages where you can verify the licenses and certifications I hold. Just click on the link, type in my name and number, and voila. You’ll see my nursing license was issued in January 1997, it’s currently active, and I’ve had no disciplinary actions. You'll see my education and memberships. I hope that this will provide evidence that I am passionate about my work and serious about protecting the safety of mother and baby.
I’m also clear about the fact that while I am a licensed nurse, I’m a midwifery student. I work under the supervision of Deb Phillips, who is licensed by the state and holds the CPM credential as well as a Midwifery Bridge Certificate. Deb will be with me at prenatals and at the birth, and you will get to know her very well, too. For allowing me learn with you (thank you!), you get a big discount.
Breastfeeding Reassurance and Support--a Grant County breastfeeding support group.
ICAN Central Arkansas--International Caesarean Awareness Network