Jillian Bennett, CPM - Primary Midwife
I am a Certified Professional Midwife licensed by the state of Michigan to provide primary maternity care to women and normal newborn care to their babies in the childbearing year. I have the ability to provide a specific formulary of pharmaceuticals for maternity and newborn care as needed, including oxygen, medications for postpartum hemorrhage and neonatal resuscitation. Additionally, I am a professional doula, and breastfeeding specialist. My background and training as a midwife includes completion of a 42 month apprenticeship with Laurie Zoyiopoulos CPM of Marion, Mi, and the North American Registry of Midwives portfolio evaluation process, which verifies the acquisition of knowledge and skills mastery for over 735 essential midwifery topics, as well as successfully completing a midwifery skills and written examination through the same organization. I have also completed training in neonatal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (NRP)(current since 2012), adult, infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)(current since 2002), Birth Emergency Skills Training (BEST)(2014), Certified Breastfeeding Specialist training (CBS)(2012), and am a graduate of the Paramedic program at Mid-Michigan Community College facilitated by Mobile Medical Response (EMT-P)(2003) I am a member of the Michigan Midwives Association, currently serving on their board of directors.
I began my clinical apprenticeship training in 2012, and accepting my own midwifery clients after its completion in 2015. I enjoyed the opportunity to study under several experienced midwives during that time. My apprenticeship training involved hands on experience under the supervision of a Certified Professional Midwife with prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum care as well as didactic learning and the opportunity to attend additional classes, conferences, seminars and other trainings. I attended over 3,000 hours of clinical midwifery training, and 141 births during my apprenticeship. To date I have attended more than 500 births. I follow community standard midwifery practice guidelines and MANA Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, both are available to my clients upon their request. I participate in regular community peer review for midwifery practice which is a hallmark in safe and competent midwifery practice.
For more information on my education and training as a midwife please visit: http://narm.org/certification/
I am mother to 9 beautiful babies of my own, ages 1-18. I have been working with mothers and babies in a professional setting since 2003. My prior education, and experience relevant to midwifery includes; Over 100 hours of lactation specific education, and more than 1500 clinical hours in the breastfeeding support field, through which I qualify to sit for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant exam. Additionally I have eighteen months experience working for the WIC program as a breastfeeding counselor and several years working on the labor and delivery floor at a local medical center. I have completed a Doula training workshop through the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies in Mt. Pleasant, as well as many other trainings and self-studies on the topics of pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, parenting and natural healthcare for infants and young children. I love to serve my community and welcome the opportunity to meet with families about providing maternity care.