Startup Stories: Certified Professional Midwife

Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
I am a Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife serving the Upstate of South Carolina. I care for low risk pregnant women from the beginning of their pregnancy through 6 weeks after their baby is born. I deliver babies at the birth center (Labors of Love Birth Center in Spartanburg) and at the client’s home. I perform all the prenatal visits during the pregnancy and manage the labor and delivery. I also follow up after the baby is born to offer continued support through the transition of bringing another baby home.

What inspired you to launch your business idea?
I have wanted to deliver babies ever since I can remember. I met a Midwife just after moving when I was 16. She encouraged me to get a degree and then come back and see her if I was still interested. I decided to get a Business Degree in Health Care Management. A couple of years after graduation with my Business Degree I was able to start a local midwifery program and my apprenticeship with the same Midwife I had met when I was 16. After that the rest is history and I have fulfilled my dream of becoming a Midwife. It’s not work to see moms and attend births because I love what I do.

What problem does your business or organization solve?
Many women do not want to deliver in the hospital and are looking for a different atmosphere and less intervention than what is provided in the hospital. Our relationship is a team relationship with informed decision making. The parents take responsibility in their and their baby’s care. We work together to keep healthy moms and have healthy babies.

What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how are you working to overcome it?
Right now there are politicians trying to change the laws regarding the regulation of Midwives which will in essence regulate the Midwives out of practice because we will not be able to meet all of the new regulations. All of the Midwives are working on coming together to keep this from happening. We are trying to educate the public and our representatives in the legislature regarding Midwives, what we do, and why we are a safe option for those wishing to choose us as providers.

Give us one word that people might use to describe you.
Passionate, Loyal, Compassionate, Calm, Patient, Loving, Persistent

How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
I have just joined Project Eve. I’m looking forward to networking and the support that is offered and I’m looking forward to supporting others as well!

Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry or startup story.
If you’re looking for a Midwife make sure and do your research and meet with her. Ask her questions and make sure she is a good fit for you because this is a very intimate event in your life!

Company: McLain Midwifery and Doula Services


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