All About Birth Midwifery

Susan Sherwood, is a certified midwife whose expertise lies in safe and natural childbirth, caring for both the body and mind as women progress through pregnancy and birth.

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Susan Sherwood

Susan Sherwood

Licensed Midwife

In 1996, Susan Sherwood started on her path as a midwife in Tacoma, Washington by listening and watching the experts and skilled providers around her. From being mentored by doulas and midwives to collaborating with OB/GYNS, Susan gained the expertise, insight, personal connection and professionalism paramount to making her the celebrated midwife she is today. Susan is skilled in safe, gentle, natural childbirth and her care addresses both the physical and emotional needs of women as they progress through pregnancy and birth. Read more about who Susan is and why she loves her job here.


Prenatal Visits

Prenatal visits are scheduled for up to 45 minutes providing time for questions and discussions focusing on prevention, nutrition, psychology, medical tests, birth plans, personal/family beliefs and newborn care.

Labor and Birth

Labor and delivery, under Susan, takes place at The Birthing Inn. During labor and delivery, Susan and her assistants will act as guides; supporting and assisting with the implementation of the mother’s birth plan and decisions.

Postpartum

Postpartum care of mother and baby begins right after the birth of your baby. Susan is licensed to work with your baby up to 14 days after birth, but highly recommends your have and know whom your pediatrician will be.

Inspiration

“We cannot prepare for the future without embracing the meaning and the relevance of the baby’s perspective on life.”
Michel Odent, MD
“Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.”
Robin Lim
“For far too many women, pregnancy and birth is something that happens to them rather than something they set out consciously and joyfully to do themselves.”
Sheila Kitzinger
“Birth is an experience that demonstrates that life is not merely function and utility, but form and beauty.”
Christopher Largen
“If you are an expectant mother, you must eat a good, nutritious, balanced diet every day during your pregnancy. A good diet is the best insurance that your baby will be healthy and strong with a normal weight at birth!”
Dr. Tom Brewer
“If you lay down, the baby will never come out.”
Native American Saying
“The same movements that get the baby in, get the baby out.”
Pam England
“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.”
Virginia Di Orio
“Three hundred thousand women will be giving birth with you today.”
Unknown
“The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety.”
Sarah Buckley
“Life only demands the strength you posses.”
David Hammarskjold
“The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you.”
Unknown
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers…strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
Barbara Katz Rothman
“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful, it’s that women are strong.”
Laura Stavoe Harm

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if there is a medical emergency when I am giving birth?

Susan works closely with her back-up doctor and will transfer care should any difficulties arise during birth. Susan is not a risk taker and should anything seem dangerous, EMS is a phone call away via 911.

Do I need a doula at my birth?

Doulas are always welcome, as Susan believes the more access a woman has to the support she needs during birth the better she will do in the process. However, a doula is certainly not necessary. The benefit of having Susan as your midwife is that she will be available and present during your labor and birth for support and guidance.

Does Susan offer water births?

Yes. Every room at The Birthing Inn has a birthing tub available to you.

Will Susan attend my birth at a hospital?

No. Susan only does deliveries at The Birthing Inn.

Where do I go for my appointments with Susan?

All prenatal and postpartum appointments take place at The Birthing Inn.

Do I need a doctor in addition to a midwife?

No, you do not need a doctor for your pregnancy care; unless you have other pre-existing conditions that relate to your pregnancy (e.g. if you have a thyroid condition you would continue seeing your endrocronologist).

What is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)?

A Certified Professional Midwife is an independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide The Midwives Model of Care.

What is a Licensed Midwife (LM)?

Licensed midwives (LMs) in the state of Washington are holistic providers and have had legal licensure since 1917. LMs are experts in healthy, low-risk pregnancy and normal physiological birth. AS specialists in out of hospital birth, LMs catch babies in homes or freestanding birth centers like The Birthing Inn. LMs are direct entry midwives, meaning their training started with out-of-hospital birth rather than nursing in hospitals. LMs do not have prescriptive authority; as holistic health care providers, LMs recommend natural remedies and preventative treatments such as herbs, homeopathics and nutrition as well as lifestyle counseling.

Does Susan offer the same care as obstetricians?

Susan offers the same standard of testing as an obstetrician (OB), however, ob’s generally serve the high-risk pregnancy population, therefore OBs offer much more testing. Susan, as a licensed midwife, offers care focused more on the low-risk population and preventative treatments. See “What is a Licensed Midwife?” for more information.

What kind of clients does Susan work with?

Susan works with women ages 16 to 40+. Clients must have low-risk pregnancies and be in general good health. The type of clients who would most appreciate Susan’s services would be women and families who wants to collaborate and build relationship with an expert who will guide them in and through a natural and safe pregnancy and childbirth.

Does Susan work with other doctors or affiliates?

Yes. Susan is part of a larger community of affiliate doctors, nurses and midwives. She is primarily affiliated with medical and midwifery practitioners at Tacoma’s St. Joseph Medical Center. and Franciscan Women’s Health Associates – Pearl Place.

Does Susan do home births?

Susan only performs births at The Birthing Inn.


Happy Mamas

 

“We cannot prepare for the future without embracing the meaning and the relevance of the baby’s perspective on life.”
Michel Odent, MD
“Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.”
Robin Lim
“For far too many women, pregnancy and birth is something that happens to them rather than something they set out consciously and joyfully to do themselves.”
Sheila Kitzinger
“Birth is an experience that demonstrates that life is not merely function and utility, but form and beauty.”
Christopher Largen
“If you are an expectant mother, you must eat a good, nutritious, balanced diet every day during your pregnancy. A good diet is the best insurance that your baby will be healthy and strong with a normal weight at birth!”
Dr. Tom Brewer
“If you lay down, the baby will never come out.”
Native American Saying
“The same movements that get the baby in, get the baby out.”
Pam England
“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.”
Virginia Di Orio
“Three hundred thousand women will be giving birth with you today.”
Unknown
“The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety.”
Sarah Buckley
“Life only demands the strength you posses.”
David Hammarskjold
“The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you.”
Unknown
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers…strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
Barbara Katz Rothman
“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful, it’s that women are strong.”
Laura Stavoe Harm
"Susan is truly amazing. She's gentle when she needs to be and firm when she needs to be. She's very insightful and is very experienced. "
Tory S
“I can’t put into words how much I appreciate your care and support…You made all the difference in changing my attitude during pregnancy, saving my hoo-ha during birth and saving my sanity with the whole breastfeeding debacle…”
Jenny
“Thank you, Susan, for helping us achieve the type of pregnancy and birth we wanted with our second child. We enjoyed and appreciated the attention and time you gave us as a family during the pregnancy (always welcoming our daughter at appointments and spending time getting to really know us) and we were so happy with the care you provided during and after the birth of our little guy. It couldn’t have been the same without you!”
Karissa
“Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your support and encouragement as we welcomed the arrival of Luke into our lives. Your advice and recommendations were so helpful during our birthing process. You were such a blessing to our family and we’re so grateful!”
Scot and Sara
“Thank you so much for helping me learn how to feed my son…I truly am thankful for the bond he and I now have – that you helped me to build. We wouldn’t be in such a great place today without you and your grace! I am amazed by what you do!”
Melanie
“Thank you for helping to give me another beautiful birth experience. We love and appreciate you, and the empowering way that you delivered Riley into the world.”
Holly
“Thank you for the perfect birthing experience! I know you aren’t responsible for it all but without your calm willingness to let me deliver on my own terms; I wouldn’t have had such a beautiful birth. Thank you for taking such good care of me.”
Ann
“Words cannot express how grateful we are for your love and care in bringing our son in to the world and helping him to thrive through nursing. I will forever be grateful for your wisdom, expertise and insight in guiding us to a safe birth. I am especially appreciative for all the chances you gave me to try and birth him naturally and peacefully. You are so gifted – may you receive as much love from the world as you give to it.”
Kristin and Colimore
“Susan, I feel so blessed to have met you and have you deliver two of my babies (I wish you delivered all five of them).  Even though my deliveries were full of surprises, your confidence and calm attitude made me feel safe and in good hands.  You always had my best interest at heart and knew what I needed without me having to ask.  I am forever grateful for the experience I have had with you and for the calm home-like environment of my deliveries.  Thank you Susan!”
Tatyana and Anthony

Let's Get In Touch

If you have more questions or would like to set up an appointment, get in touch with Susan about all things pregnancy and babies here.

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