bring back the basics of birthing

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bring back the basics of birthing

Your visits with the Midwife

When you are being cared for by a Midwife you can expect your prenatal visits to start on time and have the fully allotted time with your Midwife.  Family is welcomed and encouraged to be a part of the pregnancy.  There will always be time for discussion of birth plans and any questions to insure that you are able to make informed decisions about your health care.  Should there ever be an emergency your Midwife will be available to you 24 hours a day.

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

-Citizens for Midwifery

What does a Midwife bring to the birth?

All of the equipment that would be found at a birth center, the midwife brings to your home.  Resuscitation equipment, emergency medications, and all equipment needed for suturing.  As well as all disposable items such as gloves, cord clamps, and chux pads.  In addition to all of this, the midwife brings her full focus and attention.  Her knowledge of birth and trust in women's bodies to do what they are designed too.  She is there to see a healthy mother and a healthy baby are the outcome of your experience.

What is a Midwife?

"Midwives are the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. Midwifery is a woman-centered empowering model of maternity care that is utilized in all of the countries of the world with the best maternal and infant outcomes such as The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada."

This article from Evidenced Based Birth is a excellent resource for educating yourself about Home Birth

Preparing for a home birth?  This is worth a read.  It is a great reminder about all those things that can impact your birth.

A Home Birth is more than not going to Hospital.  For low-risk mothers Home Birth with a professional midwife is a safe option for birth.

Home birth reduces:

  • the risk of infection
  • risks from unnecessary interventions
  • maternal morbidity rates from complications and interventions
  • risks from errors  in hospitals
  • interference in bonding and breastfeeding from hospital policies
  • risks from poor staffing levels in hospitals

Home birth provides:

  • safe, familiar and private  surroundings for labor and birth
  • woman-centered care during pregnancy, labor, and birth
  • family-oriented birth with no strangers present
  • an opportunity for immediate bonding and breastfeeding
  • less disruption and stress for the whole family
  • affirmation that birth is a normal and profound life event

Planning a Home Birth is to be done with care, research and communication.  Having a Home Birth should not be about someone else's opinions or financial pressure.  Birth is a time in a woman's life when she should feel in-control, excited and empowered.  The decisions that she makes can lead to a satisfying birth experience.  What a great birth looks like is different for everyone and every family. 

Home Birth and Midwifery Care