My wife is a nursing student and doula-in-training. Are there any midwifes (midwives?) in STT or STJ that you would recommend or whom would she could talk to about the profession? I guess she's looking for an internship of some sort. Any info appreciated.
The only currently practicing midwife I know of is on St. Thomas, and her name is Dr. Wendy Coram (not sure if I spelled that right). You can reach her at 642-1585. Linda Caiger recently retired but still teaches childbirth classes. I don't have her number off hand, but I'm sure someone else on here will know how to get ahold of her. Good luck to your wife, we could use more doulas around here!
For clarity, Wendy Coram is not a medical doctor, nor does she have a Ph.D. She is a naturopathic practitioner.
I realize this is an old forum topic, but I feel my input might help others. I have 3 close friends that have used Wendy as a midwife , and in 4 individual births ( which she happened to miss every single one) Wendy consistently misses appts., consistently doesn't follow up w phone calls , and sometimes cancels at last minute ( after mother gave birth days before and mother was expected to travel to meet Wendy across the pond to the convenience of Wendy). So, if anyone reads this post looking for a midwife, GOOD Luck. Maybe these 4 births are NOT the norm, but all these, non returning calls, not doing what she says she is going to do....kind of paints the picture of her professionalism. All of these infractions occur AFTER she is paid in full. So, maybe she is spreading herself too thin?? Maybe she has too many jobs? Maybe she shouldn't take on the important job of bringing in lives if she cannot even be there for the birth? I never thought I would say this, but , maybe a hospital birth would be better? Or maybe, you have already trained and you will be the islands go to for professional and caring midwifery. To Wendy's credit, she does show a wonderful bedside manner and is knowledgable.( when she finally arrives.)
I am a travelling midwife here on St Thomas at present to support a birth and interested in meeting anyone in the birth/BF/parenting world if anyone comes across this. My (out of date) website is www.IndependentMidwives.com or www.Facebook.com Travelling Homebirth Midwife