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"I believe birth is a sacred event designed by God..."
Cheryl Gilman, CPM
My personal experience with 3 hospital births and then switching to midwives for my last 3 births has greatly influenced my journey into midwifery.
I believe that birth is a sacred event designed by God, and love caring for women in pregnancy and childbirth, I decided to become a home birth midwife and pursue my desire to see mothers birth and babies born in an environment that honors them, affirms their dignity, and nurtures the whole family. It is a privilege to be a part of this miraculous transformation of so many lives.
I trained with both Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Professional Midwives in Maryland and then Kansas City. I completed my certification as a Professional Midwife in 2013 and I am certified in Neonatal resuscitation and Adult/Pediatric/Infant CPR.
My education continues by attending midwifery conferences and pertinent workshops. My memberships are with Missouri Midwives Association and Kansas Midwives Association as well as the Midwives Alliance of North America.
I voluntarily adopt the MANA Standards and Qualifications for the Art and Practice of Midwifery. My practice guidelines are based on the MANA Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you.
Sarah Papabathini, CPM
Hi! I’m Sarah Papabathini. I was certified as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in February
Prior to that I had worked as an EMT and then as a Paramedic. My CPM training was
completed under midwife Debbie Perry.
I am a wife to Jaipaul and mom to Jedidiah, and his wife Emma, and Elizabeth. I am also Grammy to two lovely ladies. We have lived in the Kansas City area since 2010, previously living in New York and India.
I love birth and watching families grow. My goal is always, healthy mama and healthy baby.
"We felt more and more confident each time we met with you...
Preconception Counseling • Nutrition • Homeopathy • Educational Resources • Complete Prenatal Care, with referrals when necessary • Water Birth • Childbirth Postpartum and Newborn Care • Breastfeeding Support
“We hired Cheryl for our home birth. I knew right after interviewing her that it was a done deal. What we didn’t know was that God had ordained Cheryl to be at our home birth. During the birth, Cheryl was amazing! Having her there with me during those contractions made all the difference. Her gentle and quiet demeanor, knowing exactly where and how to apply pressure on my lower back, and waiting on me ‘hand and foot’ was exactly what I needed. Cheryl was quick to react and amazingly supportive when we welcomed our little girl at home. I am so thankful that we met Cheryl and that she was part of the most difficult and must incredible experience of my life.”
“From the moment we met you, we were thoroughly impressed with your professionalism, sincerity, and knowledge. We especially noticed your kind and gentle demeanor and we were overjoyed when we discovered that you would be available to us. During our meetings, you always made sure to answer all of our questions and give us multiple resources to help with further education. We felt more and more confident each time we met with you that we had made the right decision to have you present at our birth. It was clear you were there to serve us in any way possible to give us the best birth experience.”
“You have such a unique balance of skills to offer your clients as a mother, an experienced doula and midwife. At the actual birth is where you really shined and we can’t thank you enough for that. “When you arrived you were assertive and yet gentle. You gave J the encouragement she needed to hear at each stage of labor, which was key in helping her to stay confident and not succumb to fear. You handled everything with perfect timing, professionalism, care, and love. After the birth you were there for us to answer every question and to do check-ups to ensure our little Naomi was healthy and well. You made our experience as first time parents truly special and unique. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you, Cheryl.”
-Vaughn, Jennifer & Naomi
“From the moment we met you have such a calm & nurturing presence that put me at ease. I’m thankful that you were part if our birth experience. You arrived at just the right time to guide & reassure me to trust my body during the birth. Thank you for helping us through this amazing journey.”
-E, J, S & L
“Thank you again for coming quickly and bringing an aura of peace to our birth! I am so grateful that you were close at hand. We hope to see you again!”
"Thank you for helping us through this amazing journey."
Midwife KC Additional Resources
- The Midwives Model of Care – Citizens for Midwifery
- A Study On Outcomes of Planned Home Births – Canadian Medical Association Journal
- Home Birth: Safely Protecting and Supporting Normal Birth – NCBI
- A Study On Outcomes of Planned Home Births – BMJ Group
- Planned Home Birth is Safe for Most Mothers and Babies (Fact Sheet) – Citizens for Midwifery
- Home Birth: Resources for Payers and Policymakers
- Spinning Babies – Easier Childbirth With Fetal Positioning
- Childbirth Connection
- Waterbirth International
- Midwifery Today
- Pediatrics – Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Cheryl L. Gilman, CPM
Sarah Papabathini, CPM
Phone: 888-963-9102 (M-F 9am-5pm)
Traditional Home Birth Midwifery Services for Metropolitan Kansas City.
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