Episode 43

What is a Midwife? (with Robin Lommori, CPM)

It's important to be aware of our choices when it comes to healthcare. Certainly when it comes to pregnancy and delivery options, finding a provider who will listen to your needs and adjust to your comfort level is fantastically important. So let's talk about the option of midwives!

Who are they? What do they do? Who should use them? Do they have good outcomes? Can I deliver in a hospital with a midwife? Do I still see a medical doctor?

Thankfully, we have Robin Lommori, CPM with us to teach all about midwifery!

Robin is an experienced and passionate childbirth educator, doula, lactation consultant, fertility coach and midwife. She is a strong believer in the power of knowledge and education to empower people during preconception, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

Topics in this episode include:

What's the history of widwifery?

What's the difference between a CPM/CNM/CM?

What kind of training goes into becoming a midwife? What's the certification process?

What kind of prenatal/delivery/postnatal care do midwives provide?

Do midwives generally collaborate with other healthcare providers who deliver babies (for example, OB-GYNs, FM physicians, etc)?

What's the data on midwife delivery outcomes in the US?

How does the US rank in maternal/fetal outcomes?

Are there examples of other countries who have had success with midwifery?

How can someone know if they are a good fit to work with a midwife before/during/after their pregnancy?

In addition to her professional work, Robin is also the founder of Making Mommies, an online fertility coaching program.

Follow Robin on Instagram at @making_mommies

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Jeremy Alland

Dr. Jeremy Alland is a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, a renowned, consistently top-10 nationally-ranked orthopedic practice in Chicago, IL. In addition to a busy clinical practice, he serves as the head primary care team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Dogs, as well as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire Soccer Club. An avid athlete, Dr. Alland played collegiate baseball for DePauw University before pursuing medicine and enjoys golfing, basketball and stand-up paddleboarding. He lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife, Katie, two children, Olive and Logan, and their goldendoodle, Archie. He never thought he would have a podcast, but has found it insanely fun and is excited to bring fun and approachability to the most common questions we hear as doctors.

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Julie Bruene

Dr. Julie (Julia if we’re being formal, Julia Rose if she’s in trouble) Bruene is a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, a renowned, nationally-ranked orthopedic practice in Chicago. She serves as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and DePaul University. Aside from her obvious interests in sports and medicine, she is a true crime obsessive and is a total sucker for rescued cats. She lives in Chicago with her husband and partner-in-crime, Adam, and with several of the aforementioned rescued cats. We don’t need to get into specifics about the exact number here. She likes when people are kind to one another and when animals dress up like other animals. Rock over London, rock on Chicago.