What Do I Ask at an Interview?

Consultation Questions for Prospective Midwives Have you ever wanted to ask someone questions but then suddenly had your mind go completely blank when you finally have the opportunity?  Interviewing a midwife can be like that sometimes.  I’ve had many women come by for a consultation or interview and can’t think of what to ask. So I got busy and compiled as many questions as I could think of that someone might want to ask a midwife. This list comes from…

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Beth Overton Delivers the First Baby of the Year in 2003

This is the article as it appeared in the Caller on January 1, 2003 Note from CCBC: Jennifer’s baby was actually born on a birth stool in her bedroom. The name of Beth Overton’s business at the time was “Gentle Beginnings” 2003’s first babies Lincoln Graham born at home in a hallway By Tricia Schwennesen Caller-Times January 2, 2003 Jennifer Graham, 25, was shopping for clothes at Target at about 2 p.m. Tuesday when she first began to feel labor…

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“Special Delivery” in the News

Special Delivery Midwives have helped 150 area babies into the world Heather Ann White/Caller-Times Tuesday, February 20, 2007 It’s like a slumber party – joking and laughing with loved ones and the occasional banter about men. This is how Kasey Garcia describes each of her experiences giving birth at her Corpus Christi home with the help of Beth Overton, founder and owner of Gentle Beginnings Midwifery [Note from CCBC: This was Beth Overton’s first business name], which has served the…

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Meet Mary Margaret Sciantarelli

The Corpus Christi Caller Times published a front page article about the interesting history of the home that is now our birth center. Mary Margaret Sciantarelli was born in the historic home. She is a healthy vibrant 93 years “young” and we enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to meet her in person and hear her stories about her childhood home. Margaret’s parents built the home in 1912 and four of their children were born at home, including Margaret. To read the Caller-Times artilcle, just click…

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Midwifery and the Bible Part III: Exodus 1:15-21

Part III: Exodus 1:15-21   Copyright © 2001 by Larry G. Overton All rights reserved.   Exodus 1:15-21 15 Now the king of Egypt spoke to the midwives of the Hebrews, one of whom was called Shiphrah and the other called Puah. 16 And he said, “When you assist the Hebrew women in childbirth, and see them upon the birthstool [literally, the two stones], if it is a son, then you shall kill him. But if it is a daughter,…

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Midwifery and the Bible Part II: Genesis 38: 27-30

Part II: Genesis 38: 27-30 Copyright © 2001 by Larry G. Overton and Beth Overton All rights reserved.       27 And it happened in the time of her giving birth, that, behold, twins were in her womb. 28 And so it was, while she was giving birth, one put out a hand. And the midwife, taking hold of it, tied a scarlet thread upon his hand, saying, “This one came out first.” 29 And it happened, as he…

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CDC Report: C-Section Rates in the US are the Highest Ever!

C-section rates rose 6%; VBAC rate fell 13%; Percentage of Preterm and Low Birth Weight Babies on the rise. You may also find the following article at it’s original source: the CDC website Preliminary Births for 2004: Infant and Maternal Health by Joyce A. Martin, M.P.H.; Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D.; Fay Menacker, Ph.D.; Paul D. Sutton, Ph.D.; and T.J. Mathews, M.S., Division of Vital Statistics This report from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics summarizes selected 2004 preliminary maternal…

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Midwifery and the Bible Part I: Genesis 35: 16-18

Part I: Genesis 35:16-18 Copyright © 2001 by Larry G. Overton and Beth Overton All rights reserved. As most of you may already know, in addition to being the editor and publisher of this newsletter, I am also a midwife, documented by the Texas Department of Health under the Licensure Bureau. A little more than three years ago, I wrote a research paper entitled “The History of Midwifery in America.” However, aside from a few brief references on the very…

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Breastfeeding and the Bible

Copyright © 2001 by Larry G. Overton All rights reserved.   I recently received an email that contained just one line, one simple question: “Is there anything in the Bible that relates to breastfeeding?” The question was an interesting one, for several reasons. For one thing, I find any study of the Scriptures interesting. It is also interesting because of some family background that pertains to breastfeeding. If you’ve read the “Who We Are” page on my web site, then…

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