Erin Hammer CPM , LM

 

Training

The journey into midwifery began with the birth of my own children. The first a classic medical hospital induction and the second in a hospital with a nurse midwife.I truly desired birth at home . Back then in Virginia there were no legal midwives in 2004 for my first and only one with my second. After the birth of my daughter I decided serving women and families was what I needed to do. The very first birth I attended was a friend of mine in 2008. That confirmed midwifery was where I needed to be. I volunteered doula services to friends and read every book I could get. In 2009-2010 I spent a year working for local home birth midwife. From there years of self study, volunteer doula service and didactic education from a midwifery program. Once my children were a little more grown up I started a full apprenticeship in January 2015. I sat for my NARM exam to receive the CPM credential in January of 2018 and VA state license in Febuary 2018.  On-going continuing education in the form of workshops and continuing education credits.

 
Pregnant

Midwives Model of Care

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle

  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support

  • Minimizing technological interventions

  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

 

FAQ

  • How many years have you been practicing? Total 10 years of birth work.

  • How many babies do you delivery on average yearly?20-30

  • Where did you receive certification? NARM PEP process

  • Do you take CE (continuing education) classes? Yes

  • Are you state licensed? Yes

  • Are you a member of any associations for midwives? Virginia Midwives Alliance Regional Representative

  • How often will I have appointments scheduled? Appointments are every 4 weeks until 28 weeks. Every 2 weeks from 28 weeks to 36 and weekly thereafter

  • What will happen during each appointment? Each visit is 45 minutes to an hour long. Blood pressure, listen to baby with a doppler or fetoscope, urine dip.

  • What type of payment plan do you offer and what do your fees include? Early pay discounts, am willing to barter up to half the fee. Fees include all prenatal care, birth and postpartum. Most birth supplies provided. Extra costs include any lab testing,genetic screening, hose and water connection for pool and pku screening. Payments plans are welcome and flexible.

  • Can I bring a family member(s) to my appointments? All visits done in your home. You can invite anyone you like to your appointments or birth

  • Do you have/use a fetoscope? yes

  • Do you require the use of dopplers? Doppler is not required

  • Do you require an ultrasound and/or vaginal exams? No vaginal exams are ever required. Ultrasound is not required and if something comes up where it could be indicated we will talk about the risks vs benefits based on the situation.

  • Do you require the gestational diabetes test? Is there any alternative to the Glucola drink? I do not require testing unless something comes up clinically to indicate a problem. There are multiple ways to check other than the drink.

  • Do you test for GBS+?  Testing is offered. A positive result does not risk you from home birth.

  • What lab work is required? The initial prenatal panel

  • What does the 1st hour after birth look like? Do you encourage skin-to-skin contact with baby and mom? During the first hour vitals will be taken on you and baby frequently as well as delivery of the placenta and checking for bleeding. Baby will stay skin to skin with a parent.The cord is not cut until the newborn exam which is generally around the 2 hour mark.

  • Have you completed training in neonatal resuscitation? Yes current NRP and CPR

  • How do you handle situations when the baby is breech? During the later weeks of pregnancy encouraging baby to turn. If possible setting up an external version. I have trained in breech .

  • How long after my due date do you allow women to go? Case dependent but generally 42 weeks and a few days.

  • Can I have a home birth in an apartment, town home,trailer,hotel? Yes birth is not very messy and even if you think your loud its usually not. Birth can happen anywhere .

  • Can I or my partner catch baby? Yes absolutely I encourage it.

  • How often do your clients succeed in having their health insurance provider reimburse them? It depends on the insurance company. Most will reimburse for a portion.

  • Have you ever lost a baby or mother during a delivery? no

Licensed by the Virginia Medical Board

Current CPR and NRP

Member of Virginia Midwives Alliance

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