At this time there are no midwives on Maui who deliver babies in the hospital. However, there are several midwives who would be happy to accompany you to the hospital and provide doula-type emotional and physical support.
Don't miss the presentation of a beautiful homebirth with a midwife at the very bottom of this page. And don't get confused by all those letters! There is a list of the acronyms and their definitions towards the bottom of the page.
Finding and Interviewing Midwives
I recommend you interview several midwives and see whom you vibe with, because you will likely be paying for your midwife on your own dime. You will want to make sure they offer the services, attitude, and philosophy you agree with. The ability to honestly express yourself and concerns to your midwife, or any health care professional, is central to being able to make an informed decision concerning your care. Make sure that you choose a midwife who you trust will respect your opinions, values, and listen. The following are some suggestions for finding the best midwife for you.
- Ask friends and family for a recommendation.
- Don’t just interview one midwife.
- Midwives come from a myriad of training and experience backgrounds you should ask what certifications and qualifications she has earned.
- Check their references.
- You will likely being paying your midwife out of your own pocket. Be sure and ask questions about their fees and services.
- Write down any specific concerns you have about your pregnancy.
- Talk about your views on labor.
- Midwives don’t administer pain medication; ask what techniques they use to help if you are finding it difficult to cope with the intensity of labor.
- Ask under what circumstances she recommends moving the homebirth into the hospital (this is called a transfer).
- If a transfer is necessary will she go with you to the hospital?
- What routine labs does she perform?
- How many days overdue does she feel comfortable with you going before she suggests you induce?
- How does she feel about episiotomies? If you prefer to tear will she allow that? What is her episiotomy rate?
- Discuss your birth plan, particularly if it includes a water birth. Some midwives offer birth tubs at an additional fee.
- What part of the island is she coming from? How long would it take her to get to your home during peak traffic times?
- Find out her accessibility. How quickly does she typically call clients back? Is she available through email for non-emergency questions?
- Does she have a backup midwife in case of an emergency?
- Often midwives have at least one assistant at the labor; if so, you will want to meet these other participants.
- Even if you are using a midwife for a homebirth, I recommend you find an OB you and your midwife can consult with during the pregnancy if you so choose.
- Take a tour of the hospital.
Homebirth Midwifery Care Providers
Christina (Tina) Garzero, CPM, LMT"Tina, the Midwife" was the mother of 9 exceptional children. She started practicing midwifery in the 70s in San Francisco. After working in a midwifery program at SF General, she moved to Maui. She was an exceptional woman who deeply affected birth on Maui with her midwifery. She passed in 2014.
Sky Connelly, CPM, LM (California) · 949-391-2352
Merrily Daly, CPM, RN · 575-7677 · 280-2077
Jan Ferguson, CPM
Linda Harrison, DEM
Kadi Mourningstar, DEM
Kadi provides in-home midwifery serves, doula care in the hospital, and teaches yoga for pregnancy in Haiku.
CPM—Certified Professional Midwife
DEM—Direct Entry Midwife
IBCLC—International Board Certified Breastfeeding Consultant
LMT—Licensed Massage Therapist