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Old 06-15-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Denver Metro, Colorado
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I am studying to be a home birth midwife and currently live in the suburbs of Denver. I only moved here five years ago because my whole family moved and I couldn't afford to stay in San Diego where I grew up by myself. However, I am hoping to relocate in one to three years.

I am wondering what the environment is like for alternative births in Maine? I might not love Denver but it's a big place and there is plenty of work for a midwife. I would hate to move somewhere and not be able to survive because I had no work. However, if I would have the work I needed as a midwife in the Portland (and surrounding) areas it would be in my top two list of places to go.

Anyone know what a midwife might face in Portland?
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Denver Metro, Colorado
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Really any information would be helpful. I am hoping to make a trip to my two top choices in the next year or so before I decide on making a move 100% but some advance information would be superb so I can narrow it down and try to figure out if it is an appropriate choice career wise
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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I can't really tell you anything since I didn't give birth in Maine, but as I understand it, people love to birth at Mercy hospital. I'm not sure if midwives have privileges there, but you could easily check. I know for a fact that there is no birthing center anymore in this town, which is a real drag. I bet if you were instrumental in opening one, you'd have a million customers. I also know of at least 5 ladies planning home births this year, all of whom would rather use a birthing center.

Get in touch with Birthroots, which is a pre-natal and perinatal center focused on community outreach. They are a great resource here. Also, Back Cove Midwives is pretty popular... again, there is no birthing center but I assume they have hospital privileges and/or do home births.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Denver Metro, Colorado
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Thank you for the information! I really appreciate it and will look into those things! The information is a huge help as I want to make sure I am prepared in all aspects before making a choice on where to move to.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:16 PM
 
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I hope everything works out -- good luck!!
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:33 PM
 
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I'm starting school in October for my CNM and too am interested in moving back to NE, likely Maine, where I can both practice and birth, like you. The market for midwifery services, home birth, or a birthing center is only going to increase especially in New England where home birth gets support from both crunchy liberals and from our fiercely independent libertarians. So I don't foresee any issues with demand. If you end up moving, PM me, if we both end up there we can stay in touch as we finish school.
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