Who is the Midwife?

Welcome to Carson Midwifery! Discover the broad reach of midwifery practice.
We are here to support your journey throughout the lifespan, teen years through all of life’s stages. We love all aspects of midwifery including family-planning, conception care, prenatal care and home birth, women’s health care during parenting years and on into maturity and grandmothering! We listen to you so we can understand your concerns and help you overcome them.

At this time Melinda Hoskins, the owner of Carson Midwifery & APRN Clinic, is pleased to provide Midwifery care in Carson Valley and Northern Nevada communities. She is the only Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) in northern Nevada providing homebirth services. She has been working for years to bring more birthing options to Nevada families, including a free-standing birth center coming soon in Carson City. Midwifery care encompasses so much more than birth care.

A CNM, since 2004, with a passion for providing family-centered care, Melinda sees care as a partnership between family and provider, which includes mutual respect and communication about concerns and options. This includes providing information about usual care and how it can be varied to meet the desires of the particular family for birth and beyond.

Questions about adolescent health? She’d be delighted to hear them and help you find answers that meet your needs and goals, whether you are a teen or a parent!

Having a baby not in your current plan? We are able to help you with that, too! Come in to talk about the options available. We’ll help you sort them out and steer you toward your answers.

Baby in your future? Want to know your options in Northern Nevada? Trying to decide where you’d like to welcome that new bundle? Always wanted a homebirth but now that you are pregnant, find you have lots of questions? Come share them with us and we will help you develop the answers. Family and friends concerned you are risking your life to consider a homebirth? Let’s talk about that. We have resources to help offset fears.

After baby arrives we are here to help you move smoothly through those first months of motherhood and make a healthy transition in the changes it brings. Melinda has been providing breastfeeding support since the 1980’s. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 1999. In addition she is concerned about the high rate of mothers suffering from postpartum anxiety and depression and the lack of support for them. This lead her to become an anxiety and depression recovery educator, always seeking additional ways to improve maternal mental health care
• Breastfeeding issues? Tell us about it and let us see what needs to change. We have years of experience and a trick or two to make it better!
• Handling a little one got you flummoxed? We’ll listen and help you find solutions.
• Is that baby blues or postpartum depression that you are experiencing? We are here to listen to your concerns and to help you sort out the options and remedies.

Additionally Carson Midwifery is a place for Women's healthcare including

  • acute primary care (got a cold, sore throat, etc)

  • long term health issues (blood pressure, thyroid, lipids, menopause)

  • family planning (fertility awareness, hormonal methods, Nexplanon, barrier methods)

  • pre-conceptual counseling (BABY in your future?)

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What is a midwife?

The American College of Nurse-Midwives describes midwives in these words:

  • Certified Nurse-Midwives are licensed, independent health care providers with prescriptive authority in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico. CNMs are defined as primary care providers under federal law.

  • Midwives are well-known for attending births, 53.3% of CNMs/CMs identify reproductive care and 33.1% identify primary care as main responsibilities in their full-time positions. Examples include annual exams, writing prescriptions, basic nutrition counseling, parenting education, patient education, and reproductive health visits.

  • In 2013, 94.6% of CNM/CM-attended births occurred in hospitals, 2.8% occurred in freestanding birth centers, and 2.6% occurred in homes.