The Informative Midwife
My name is Carol Rademeyer, and I am a Certified Nurse-Midwife. I have attended thousands of births, and this is why I know what works well in labor, but this is also why I know what does NOT work well in labor. And that is fear. There is no doubt among countless childbirth experts that women who are fearful of their birth experience do experience more pain in labor and seem to have greater difficulty birthing their baby.
Thanks to the research and observations by Dr. Jonathan Dye and Dr. Grantley Dick-Read, they observed that women who were more fearful of their birth experienced more pain in labor. Conversely, women who were not afraid seemed to birth more easily. This lead to our understanding of the fear-tension-pain-cycle, and the impact our "stress" hormones can have on our "labor" hormones, and their ability to slow down and even halt labor.
From this valuable research sprang up countless child birthing education strategies and ideologies to help prepare women for their birth. The idea that a woman who is well prepared for her birth is the foundation of any childbirth education program. Traditionally most childbirth education classes have been provided in a generic platform Couples attend a childbirth class where they sit and listen to a presenter imparting information, typically about the physical process of labor.
Over my career I have worked with women who have doubts about themselves and their upcoming birth, and sometimes even fear. This can be a source of worry and anxiety for these women. I have developed strategies with these women that became valuable tools for them in their birth, and I was able to witness first hand their birth success as they were able to achieve a fearless birth.
I realized that I could create a pregnancy support program that was unique by combining pregnancy coaching with childbirth education. If we could remove any existing fears/self doubts and replace them with goals, positive emotions and thoughts specific and unique to that woman, we can stop the fear-tension-pain-cycle from starting.
I currently live in Jacksonville, Florida with my husband and identical twin daughters. We have 4 cats and a fish named Bob. My husband and I enjoy travelling and SCUBA diving together.
Every woman deserves a pregnancy and birth that is empowering and free of fear, and it is possible for every woman to experience this.
Meeting your baby for the very first time is one of the most important days of your life, and you deserve for that moment to be full of joy and free from fear.
For these reasons, The Informative Midwife has developed The Pregnancy Coach Program and The Fearless Birth Program™ to help every woman achieve their birth goal.
My midwifery career started in South Africa where I delivered my first baby in 1997, and continued my practice there. After moving to the USA with my husband, I completed my Master of Science degree in Midwifery through Philadelphia University. I am currently board certified through the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), and I have been in full scope midwifery practice in the USA since in 2008.
My passion to improve birth outcomes began very early in my career, when I joined the Perinatal Committee Taskforce at Addington Hospital in Durban, South Africa. The primary goal of the task force was to reduce the vertical transmission of HIV from mother to baby during birth in resource poor settings. We travelled to Johannesburg where we met with other taskforce members from around the country and leading HIV experts, where we developed and then implemented a program to reduce the risk of vertical transmission of HIV at birth.
During my time in the USA, I have co-authored several peer reviewed, evidenced based journal articles that have been published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWOHNN) Journal.
I am also a member of the PROVIDE Initiative Taskforce at St.Vincents Southside Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. The goal of this initiative is to increase primary vaginal deliveries which in turn will decrease the Nulliparous Term Singleton Vertex (NTSV) rate in Florida.
From that first day in 1997 until now, I have remained passionate about my career and have always strived to help women have the birth that they want.
Board Certified Nurse-Midwife with the American Midwifery Certification Board
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse License- Florida State Board of Nursing