The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County (LP Palm Beach) will be meeting tomorrow evening, July 21, 2014, and it will be a program about the regulations affecting birthing. Former LP Palm Beach Secretary Kris Carmichael will speak with the President of the Midwives Association of Florida, Miriam Pearson-Martinez, LM CPM. LP Palm Beach welcomes the public to attend this informative event tomorrow evening at the Caribbean restaurant, The Island Restaurant and Lounge located at 921 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth, Florida at 7:15 p.m.
They will address home birthing, hospital birthing, doctors, doulas, midwives, the advantages and disadvantages, as well as how regulations interfere with delivery professionals and parents choices regarding how they give birth. Pearson-Martinez runs The Palms Birth House in Delray Beach and has been licensed by the State of Florida since 2003, and has received national certification as a professional midwife. She is a graduate of the only publicly accredited college program offering a degree in direct entry midwifery. She trained with numerous respected midwives in one of the countries longest standing birth centers. Additionally she has attended birthing mothers at a busy clinic in Honduras and worked in an emergency room in Ecuador as well as many home births right in her community.
Pearson-Martinez began her career as a birth worker as a certified doula (labor coach) and childbirth educator specializing in hypnosis for labor and birth. This experience gave her a better understanding on how to support women through pregnancy and labor. She quickly became interested in the laws and regulations surrounding pregnancy care and birth. Her proudest professional accomplishment was working successfully in 2006 to restructure the Florida Laws and Rules, giving more women the opportunity to choose a normal birth after cesarean. She is known as an expert in the Florida Statues that regulate midwives and patient rights in labor. Miriam has a passion for supporting families in labor and being politically active fighting for women's rights in healthcare. She considers herself lucky to be the mom of four wonderful and talented children. Miriam is fluent in English, Spanish, and Sign Language.