Midwives are specialists in normal pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and the first 6 weeks of postpartum care. We offer hour-long prenatal visits where we discuss nutrition, hydration, discomforts, emotional concerns, and your desires for your labor and birth. We don’t have requirements for your care. You are the final decision maker for yourself and your baby.
• • • What is a midwife? • • •
A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in supporting women to maintain a healthy pregnancy birth, offering expert individualized care, education, counseling and support to a woman and her newborn throughout the childbearing cycle.
A midwife works with each woman and her family to identify their unique physical, social and emotional needs. When the care required is outside the midwife’s scope of practice or expertise, the woman is referred to other healthcare providers for additional consultation or care.
The Midwives Alliance of North America, the North American Registry of Midwives, the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and Citizens for Midwifery agreed on a short definition of what “midwifery care” means. However, just because a person is a midwife does not guarantee that they provide this kind of care; consumers looking for a midwife should ask questions to determine if a prospective caregiver will be able to provide the kind of care they seek.
Midwifery care is significantly different from OB care in that we spend at least an hour with you at each prenatal visit. We talk about your discomforts, concerns, family life, relationships, older children, nutrition and hydration, exercise, in addition to the normal OB stuff like blood pressure, weight, listening to your baby, measuring your belly, and labs as needed. We can help you find a new perspective on the challenges that come with pregnancy and your other relationships. We offer nutritional advice you can work with and offer appropriate suggestions for supplements to calm your discomforts. Midwives can order ultrasounds and draw blood the same way they do at the doctor’s office during the pregnancy. Our approach is much more personal. Often you don’t have to leave your home for your prenatal visits. The midwife can come to you. That means if you have older children there is no need to get them up, dressed, and out the door just before your appointment. It also means you don’t have to get outside when the weather is bad.
The Midwives Model of Care
The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. The Midwives Model of Care includes:
- Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- Minimizing technological interventions
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
- The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
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