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Midwife Beth Broderson Bray helps her client (Baby Moon mom Kristin) out of the jacuzzi and into a warm blanket during active labor.
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Our Midwife mentor and friend, the late Beth Broderson Bray, helps her client (Baby Moon mom Kristin) out of the jacuzzi and into a warm blanket during active labor.


Tools for Making Important Decisions & Questions to Ask

Tips & Tools to help with the challenge of making informed maternity decisions.

How Do I Choose My Caregiver?

How Do I Choose My Birth Setting?

Having a Baby? 10 Questions to Ask

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Midwives Model of CareTM

Finding out if a midwife will provide the Midwifery Model of Care

Melissa Courtney, CNM
(WomanKind Midwives)
St. Joseph East Hospital
3280 Blazer Parkway #100
Lexington, KY 40509

Alisha Morgan, CNM
Laure Schadler, CNM
Missi Wilmarth
Lexington Women's Health)
Central Baptist & St. Joseph East Hospitals
1720 Nicholasville Road, Suite 702
Lexington, KY 40503

Nancy Shirey, CNM
Noel Juett, CNM
Associates for Women's Care)
St. Joseph East
Lexington, KY

Katie Isaac, CNM
Kendra Adkisson, CNM
Emily Dial, CNM
(Women's Care of the Bluegrass)
Frankfort Regional Medical Center
(satellite office in Versailles, KY)
502.227.BABY (2229)

Joanna Miller, CNM
(Dr. Mark Pascuzzi)
Winchester, KY

Melody A. Quesenberry, CNM
(Georgetown Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Georgetown, KY

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The University of Kentucky does not offer midwifery services at this time. Please contact us for an OB or Family Practice referral based on your needs.

Shannon Voogt, MD
Keisa Bennett, MD (attending)
Family Practice, UK
Call Marcia at 859.323.4672 to schedule, be sure to request Dr. Shannon.
email dr. shannon

Mary Lynne Kays, CNM
Ruth McConnell, CNM, ARNP
Edna Jeannette (Jean) Pence, CNM, ARNP
Darlene Witten, ARNP
(Elizabethtown Physicians for Women)
Elizabethtown, KY

Brenda Alexander, CNM
(Center for Women's Health)
Bardstown, KY 40004

For a hospital birth with the midwifery model of care in Richmond, Berea, Lancaster, Stanford, and Somerset, consider this Family Practice Physician:

James Miller, MD & Midwives
Fort Logan Hospital
Maternity Birthing Spa
100 Jay Street
Stanford, KY 40484
[Dr. Miller's c-section rate is under 10%; hospital rooms all have jacuzzis and birth balls and open out onto an enclosed courtyard, massage therapists visit you postpartum. Stanford is about 35-45 minutes from Richmond and Berea. Dr. Miller comes in for his patients and does not rotate call]

For referrals in the Louisville Area, please visit the Birth Care Network.


Doulas (see the Doulas page for more information)
A doula is a trained professional labor support specialist who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners throughout labor and birth. Research shows that in doula-assisted births:

~ Cesarean section rate is reduced by 50%.
~ Length of labor is reduced by 25%.
~ Epidural requests are reduced by 60%.
~ Use of other narcotics for pain relief is reduced by 30%.
~ Oxytocin (Pitocin) use is reduced by 40%.
~ Use of forceps in delivery is reduced by 40%.

For more information about how a doula can help you to have a safe and satisfying birth as you define it, see All About Doulas or contact us.

Questions to ask when interviewing a doula

Please see the Doulas page for a listing of birth and postpartum doulas providing services in Central Kentucky, and for more information.

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Recommended Reading: You need to know more than just 'what to expect!'
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
Pam England and Rob Horowitz

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth
William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth
Sheila Kitzinger

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Ina May Gaskin

An Easier Childbirth: A Mother's Guide for Birthing Normally
Gayle Peterson, Ph.D. (Read online excerpts from the book.)

Your Amazing Newborn
Marshall Klaus, M.D. and Phyllis Klaus (A must-read during pregnancy! See online excerpts.)

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth
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See the Links page for many more online resources for pregnancy, birth, babycare, and life as a new mom.

If you would like to talk to women who have experience with any of the practitioners listed here, contact us.


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