Welcome to Gentle Beginnings Midwifery.  I am a Certified Professional Midwife, Rn. I offer home birth, water birth, and in home prenatal and postpartum care. I serve the following areas:

  • Southeast Kansas, including:
    • Baxter Springs, KS
    • Chetopa, KS
    • Fort Scott, KS
    • Pittsburg, KS
    • Columbus, KS
    • surrounding areas
  • Southwest Missouri, including:
    • Joplin, MO
    • Carthage, MO
    • Webb City, MO
    • Oronogo, MO
    • Neosho, MO
    • Lamar, MO
    • Springfield, MO
    • Mt. Vernon, MO
    • Republic, MO
    • surrounding areas
  • Northeast Oklahoma, including:
    • Miami, OK
    • surrounding areas

As a home birth oriented midwife, I support a mother’s personal choices.  I offer guidance and help with a perspective of twenty-seven years of experience in home birth. I prefer the setting of your home for prenatal care, delivery and postpartum care.  I encourage family participation and fathers to coach and catch when able.  Water birth is an option many families choose.

I believe that every family has the right to and responsibility for choosing the type of care and the setting for their pregnancy and birth.  I support birth that builds and strengthens family relationships. I encourage prenatal care and nutrition that grows healthy mothers and babies and leads to optimal birth outcomes.

My services include:

  • free consultations
  • prenatal care – home visits every 3 weeks (I travel to see you)
  • delivery – in your home
  • postpartum care – a minimum of 3 home visits after the baby is born
  • well baby and mother consultation for up to six months or more if needed
  • file birth certificate information with the state
  • newborn screening and/or referral

Fees are based on a sliding scale that considers your income as well as the distance I travel to visit you.  Payment plans are worked out on an individual basis.
Judith Schmidt CPM,Rn (417-483-8762)