All About Birth Midwifery
Susan Sherwood is a licensed, certified, professional midwife whose expertise lies in safe and natural childbirth, caring for both the body and mind as women progress through pregnancy and birth.
Licensed/Certified Professional 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 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.
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.
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).
Does my insurance cover Susan's midwifery services?
Susan is a preferred provider for most insurance plans in the state of Washington including DSHS. Please contact your insurance provider for detailed information.
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.