As part of a celebration of midwives, and as an ongoing series, we'd like to introduce Arkansas Midwife Kim Jacob! She is a certified midwife working in the central Arkansas area. She has been licensed by the state of Arkansas and certified as a Certified Professional Midwife since 2005.
All midwives go through an apprenticeship, and according to Kim, she had the privilege of working with several different midwives. "Every midwife has something unique and special to teach and I’m so lucky to have learned from some of the best." It took her about 4 years to get all the experience required to apply for the NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) exam. But she feels like her real training happened after she passed the exam. "My mentors continued teaching me, attending births with me and keeping me rooted in the wisdom and respect of birth. They still do! And this is also what I do for anyone who I train to become a midwife. The preceptor apprentice relationship is vitally important in creating a solid midwife. I believe this with all my heart."
Kim's love for the women and families she works with is so evident- especially in her reasons for becoming a midwife, "My births changed me. My midwife inspired me. It’s a human rights issue. I love Moms and babies so deeply and want to provide the care they deserve by using evidence but mostly love." Not only that, but her favorite part of being a midwife? "The people!!! I love meeting new people and helping them attain the births they desire. I love how we become friends through the process. I get to see women at their most raw, vulnerable, strongest and most beautiful times of their lives. There’s no hiding who you really are when you’re in labor. Gosh, I love that!!"
She also has loveley words to say about how being a midwife has affected her, personally. "Sleep deprivation? JK! Haha!! I think the mutual love that I have for and from all of my clients throughout the years is like a blessing or charm of some sort. All the love and continual good vibes I get must make me a lucky person in my day to day life. Just like we can curse someone by speaking ill of them we can bless people by speaking and feeling love. I definitely feel the love I receive makes me a millionaire in that way."
The role of midwives is so unique, with a midwife spending lots of time with a family before and after birth. Kim's favorite advice for the mom's she works with is genuine and open. "With a positive, can-do attitude you can have an ecstatic birth. But mostly, just set your space up as positively as possible with the support of people who love and respect you and then open yourself to all the possibilities. You can do it!! Also, always keep a good sense of humor about pregnancy, birth and especially parenting! Try not to take anything too personally."
More about Kim...
What are your other jobs/hobbies/interests, etc...?
I love to cook (but mostly eat), read and hang out with my main squeeze.
Tell us about your family. Husband? How many kids do you have? What are their ages?
My husband’s name is Nathan and he is the raddest of all the people I know. I don’t know anyone who is loved the way he loves me. He’s my biggest fan! My daughter, Tig is 18 and just graduated high-school. She’s working for family now and will be having a baby in October. It’s not what she had planned for but we’re all very excited to meet this new baby and spoil the heck out of him! I’ll be mostly taking care of her but my dear friend Shea Childs will probably be doing most of the “thinking” during the actual birth. ;) My son is 16 and even though he seems like a reclusive gamer dude, was voted class favorite at school last year! He’s super-cute and funny.
What is the last book you read?
I’m reading book five of the Outlander series! So good!!
I always have a hard time picking colors because I like ALL the colors! But I seem to have a lot of purple in my closet. ;)
Oh man. Didn’t I tell you eating is my hobby? Nathan and I are total foodies. We love to read cookbooks and other books about food, watch shows about food and discover awesome interesting food wherever we travel. Picking a favorite food is like picking a favorite color. Can’t do it.
I love Thanksgiving! No gifts, hanging out with family and ALL the best food! We usually host the family gatherings at my house so it’s especially fun to host a party with all the people I love the best.
I’m all about the earthy smells. My friend, Sabrina told me once that I started smelling like patchouli the day I became a midwife. Haha!! Nathan just bought me a fragrance that actually has the word “turned earth” in the description. I feel like I should buy up a few cases of this stuff because I’ll be a sad girl if I run out and can’t find it again.
It’s a tie between Spring and Fall. I like the weather mild y’all!
Favorite way to de-stress:
Netflix and a margarita is my fave. But if I can’t have a margarita, I’ll take netflix or a good book any day.
If you want to get in contact with Kim...
Kimjacobconwaymidwife.com. (This is being revamped at the moment and I’m super-excited!!) My number is 501-514-1277.