M.O.M.S. Client Information,
Rights and Responsibilities
Mennonite Order of Maternal Services is a
community-based professional midwifery service providing care under a
501C3 charitable association charter. We are not allowed to enter into
financial contracts, bill third party payors or decline services based
on the inability of the client family to contribute to the cost of
|Primary midwifery care is provided by Faith
Gibson, LM, CPM ~ a nationally-certified professional midwife (North
American Registry of Midwives #96050001)
and a California licensed community midwife (#041). A midwifery
student usually assists and provides care under Faith’s supervision.
Our midwifery service utilizes the standards and guidelines of
midwifery practice as posted on the College of Midwives’ web
site. Please feel free to make yourself familiar with the principles
of professional midwifery at www.collegeofmidwives.org/college_of_midiwves01/CharClinicalComp%2001.htm.
You will also be provided with 4 informational or
“Informed Consent” documents ~ Medical Interface
Arrangements, GBS information and Informed Choice and Consent
for Out of Hospital Labor and Birth, and the CPM Statistical Project
Consent form. These will all need to be read, signed, witnessed
and placed in your chart as part of the permanent record.
by Your Midwives
As a community-based practitioner I am ever
mindful that you may desire or be required to interface with medical
care providers sometime during the pregnancy, intrapartum (labor and
birth) or postpartum/postnatal periods. I strongly suggest that
parents-to-be identify a specific physician (family practice doctor or
obstetrician) whom they trust and would like to receive care from,
should need arise.
If you are unable to do make such an arrangement,
it will be necessary to utilize the clinic and/or resident staff at
one of the major teaching hospitals in the area. Depending on where
you live that would be Stanford (central peninsula) or Valley Medical Center (south) or
San Francisco General, UCSF (north).
While the Licensed Midwifery Practice Act (LMPA)
of 1993 requires California Licensed Midwives to practice under the
direct and accountable supervision of a physician, it does not require
that doctors provide such supervision. At present, all the malpractice
insurance carriers in California forbid doctors to have any
professional association with any midwife that provides home-based
maternity care. Please note, I am unable to be in technical
compliance with the LMPA of 1993 as physician supervision is not
available to me, despite my best efforts to secure it.
Also we want you to be aware that professional
liability insurance is unavailable to domiciliary midwives such as
myself and for that reason, neither I nor any students or assistants
carry liability insurance (i.e., NO malpractice insurance coverage
for agents and associates of the Mennonite Order of Maternal Services)