Midwives are experts 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 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.
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.
The care that a Midwife provides is vastly different than what an OB/GYN would provide, because of the difference in our Model of Care. Midwives strive to build a relationship of trust and respect with you and your family. We spend time getting to know you, your partner, and your children.
Midwives still do all of the appropriate medical things like: monitoring your blood pressure, listening to your baby, measuring fundal height, drawing blood for labs – all of the standard things that should happen during a prenatal appointment.
We spend about an hour with you for each appointment; listening and learning about your unique needs and desires for your pregnancy and birth. We sit and talk about things that are happening in your life, we counsel on nutritional needs and put together an appropriate, actionable plan that isn’t overwhelming, we recommend supplements that can support your specific needs and ease your discomforts.
Our Home Birth Package Includes:
- Prenatal care visits
- Birth assistant
- Your birth kit
- Postpartum visits at 24, 48, and 72 hours, 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 6 weeks
- Newborn metabolic screen
- CCHD Screening
- Oral tie evaluation
- Lactation support