All About Midwives

Today is all about midwives! What is midwifery care? What are the different types of midwives? Are they all certified? Where do they provide care? Are they only for when you are having a baby? Do they do the same things as OB’s? What are the advantages of OBs, perinatologists, and midwives working together? Missy Cheyney has answers. Check it out.

Powered by RedCircle

Listen directly through our website player, or however you usually listen to podcasts.


What we talked about:

  • What is the midwifery model of care?
  • How does it compare to the medical management model of care?
  • Other types of care providers: obstetricians and perinatologists
  • How does each one view and approach birth?
  • Collaborations between different providers
  • Brief history of midwifery
  • Different types of midwives and accreditations
  • Midwives: not just at home
  • What to consider when looking for a midwife?
  • What happens during a home-to-hospital transfer?
  • “Transfer a complication, not an emergency”
  • The importance of continuity of care and transfer protocols
  • Midwives: not just for delivering babies
  • Right-sizing maternity care: neither too much too soon, nor too little too late
  • Improving outcomes through interprofessional care


Related resources*:

Related Birthful episodes:



Courtesy of Melissa Cheyney

About Dr. Melissa “Missy” Cheyney

Melissa Cheyney PhD CPM LDM is Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Anthropology at Oregon State University (OSU) with additional appointments in Global Health and Women Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is also a Licensed Midwife in active practice, and the Chair of the Division of Research for the Midwives Alliance of North America where she directs the MANA Statistics Project. Dr. Cheyney currently directs the International Reproductive Health Laboratory at Oregon State University where she serves as the primary investigator more than 20 maternal and infant health-related research projects in nine countries. She is the author of an ethnography entitled Born at Home (2010, Wadsworth Press) along with dozens of peer-reviewed articles that examine the cultural beliefs and clinical outcomes associated with midwife-led birth at home in the United States. Dr. Cheyney is an award-winning teacher, and in 2014 was given Oregon State University’s prestigious Scholarship Impact Award for her work in the International Reproductive Health Laboratory and with the MANA Statistics Project. She is the mother of a daughter born at home on International Day of the Midwife in 2009.

Missy’s profile on Oregon State University’s Anthropology department.

Title music:Vibe Aceby Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

Sponsorship music:Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).


Get Your FREE Postpartum Plan!

Sign up to get access to my NEW Postpartum Prep. Plan to help you prepare for life with a newborn! You'll also get updates from me from time to time.

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

Recent Episodes

Is Homebirth for You?

Is Homebirth for You?

Robina Khalid of Small Things Grow Midwifery explains what it takes to truly consider a homebirth, and shares with Adriana how to prepare for a successful experience. What myths or misconceptions do you have about homebirth? We'll unpack them at @birthfulpodcast on...

Cesarean Risk: What’s Your Place of Birth Got to Do With It?

Cesarean Risk: What’s Your Place of Birth Got to Do With It?

Cesarean rates have increased 500% in one generation, and about half of them may be unnecessary. Harvard Medical School professor and ACOG Fellow Dr. Neel Shah talks with Adriana about how the hospital you choose can be your #1 risk of having a surgical birth, how we...

*May contain affiliate links. This means that -at no extra cost to you- I may get a small percentage of what you buy. That is one of the ways of helping me continue to do this podcast – Thank you!