Now practicing in rural Northern California, Constance Rock is responsible for opening and directing two much-needed birth centers in Los Angeles. She came to home birth midwifery with the desire to provide to others what she felt was missing from the hospital birth of her first child. Her practice has since evolved to include public speaking, original educational videos, and activism. She has trained midwives, doulas, and childbirth educators across the globe for over two decades. Constance is president of the California Association of Midwives (CAM), a group that works on legislation to support and promote midwifery. In January 2014, Constance and CAM saw their efforts come to fruition with the elimination of a law requiring physician oversight of home births. Before that point, most licensed California midwives were practicing in violation of the law, since physicians were generally unwilling to enter into the formal relationship it necessitated. Not only does this change allow midwives to conform to state law, but by doing so, it permits Medi-Cal reimbursement of midwifery services, thus opening up home birth to those previously unable to afford it.
Midwife of the Week posts, written by Sirene-Rose Lipschutz, originate on FoMM’s Facebook page and are archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!