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Mother & Baby Photo by Raychael LeachIt's not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers that midwives see as the miracle of birth.                                                                   -Barabara Katz Rothman

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 hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support.

Minimizing technological interventions.

Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

Compiled from the Midwifery Task Force, May 1996. (CPM Brochure)


Personalized and individualized attention throughout pre-conception, pregnancy, labor, birth, and well as well-woman care, well-baby care, and breastfeeding support.

To determine whether the midwife, the mother, and her partner are suited to work together.

To discuss how mom defines the midwife’s role in pregnancy, labor, and birth.

To discuss the midwife’s training, background, philosophy, and style of practice, including her professional disclosures and consent to care, as well as her expectations and limitations.

To obtain a thorough medical history including lifestyle and personal, as well as obstetrical and gynecological.

To discuss recommendations regarding nutrition, prenatal exercise, yoga, meditation, support groups, classes, reading lists for books, magazines, internet, and newsletters, referrals to local LLL groups, and referrals to local non-allopathic care providers like chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, etc.

Once Monthly Until 28 to 32 Weeks

Every Other Week Until 36 Weeks

Weekly Until Birth, Including One Home Visit

For Circumstances Requiring Immediate Attention

Hands On Assistance Throughout Labor, Birth, and Immediate Postpartum

Waterbirth Option

Newborn Exam

1-3 Days

1 Week

4-6 Weeks

Including pap smear and cultures, breast exams, labs, nutrition, fertility awareness, family planning, preconception planning, and pregnancy testing.


  • Candace Leach, LM, CPM
  • Licensed Midwife & Certified Doula
  • PO Box 4714 Lakewood, CA 90711
  • 562-272-4541


                                  © Candace Leach, LM, CPM 1996 - 2012