Personalized and trusted midwifery care...
BIRTH WORKS MIDWIFE SERVICE is the oldest and most well-established home birth service in Arkansas. The founder, director and senior midwife, Mary Alexander, RN, LM, CPM, is a graduate of UAMS, College of Nursing, Licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health, and Certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. For over 42 years she has created a loving, safe, and cozy environment for women to come for a variety of birth care services.
A visit to our cheerful, home-like office for a free consultation is a convenient way to see why women often choose to have their babies in the comfort and safety of their own homes, with an experienced and trusted midwife.
BIRTH WORKS has become the premiere place to go for childbirth classes, midwife services, and for exciting conversations and support of women's issues.
What I Know
I know that 97% of all women who get to full term with a healthy baby, will deliver without any need for medical intervention.1 I know one important detail that is often overlooked by the Medical Model of Care. That simple detail is that YOU ARE A MAMMAL. All mammals are pre-programmed genetically and hormonally to give birth vaginally (and also to nourish their young from mammary glands for the first year or so of life). Mammals have done this nearly flawlessly, time after time for millions of years, even without any mental knowledge about how to do it. This is cellular knowledge that has been programmed into all mammals. It is the perfect gift that human mammals have in their genetic code. The work of midwives is to show women how to tap into this knowledge and surrender to their body's great wisdom. It is not my great wisdom, it is yours!
What I Believe
I believe in the Midwife Model of Care. This is the carefully crafted system developed by midwives over the decades, and based on the established biological fact that pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are NORMAL LIFE EVENTS. This is a very important mental shift for the average modern American. We have come to think of the average, normal birth as fraught with risk, pain, fear and near-death disaster. Our collective minds need to be quieted and reassured by facts and evidence. This is the job of midwifery. The Midwife Model of Care includes: monitoring the physical, psychological, and social wellbeing of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle; providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care; continuous, respectful and loving care during labor and delivery, and continuous postpartum support; minimizing technological interventions; and identifying and referring any woman who requires obstetrical attention. The use of the Midwife Model of Care has been proven to reduce the incidence of trauma, injury and surgery and increase health and wellbeing.2
1 "Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seventh Edition", Charles R.B. Beckmann, MD, MHPE, 2014
2 American College of Nurse-Midwives position paper, www.midwife.org/our-philosophy-of-care
"Three times in 14 years (43 hours of labor in all); my labors were surrounded by love from Birth Works midwives. They helped guide us to become a family each time. I marveled that I learned something new each time. At the first birth, I discovered that I was a part of something greater than myself and that I wasn't alone. At the second birth, I learned to confront fear and I became strong in my voice. And most recently, with my third child, I learned to ride through my journeys with patience. I am blessed to have shared those hours with such amazing, intelligent, wise, strong, and capable women."
-Jennifer Atkins Gordeeva
Midwifery Services Include:
Complete Midwifery Fee: $3500