My focus and expertise is on pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum, so everything pregnancy and birth related. As a CPM in Kansas, I have to rely on holistic remedies to bring relief or resolve something. I cannot prescribe medications even if they are necessary to treat an illness that pops up during pregnancy.
If I have a client who has a urinary tract infection that is not resolving with herbal remedies, I will ask them to see their regular doctor. If a am working with a client who has extreme morning sickness that natural treatments aren't able to make manageable, I will encourage her to see a doctor. I have asked a client with heat exhaustion to see the doctor. She needed IV fluids right away. I have had a client seek care with medical professionals who learned her symptoms were caused by food poisoning. Both these clients needed more help than I could provide. I do not take it lightly that I am asking someone to see a doctor. If I am asking it is because I'm concerned that something is going on that needs more help than I can offer.
I am thankful that we have doctors, and can avail ourselves of their expertise when needed. I also appreciate when clients understand that we need more help and are willing to see their doctor. Not everything that happens during pregnancy is related to the pregnancy, and sometimes medical help is necessary.