Midwives – Working in partnership with women during pregnancy, labor and beyond!
Midwives provide a holistic approach to prenatal care addressing nutrition, exercise and psychological concerns ensuring you are prepared for the intense and empowering process of labor and birth.
Your midwife is available to you throughout the childbearing cycle, providing hands-on-assistance during your baby’s birth and the postpartum period.
You labor in the comfort of your home and your baby is born in a safe, familiar environment, surrounded by loving family.
Using safe, pain-relieving techniques instead of narcotics during the birthing process means your newborn is alert and able to nurse easily.
After birth, your midwife ensures that mom and baby are stable, healthy and comfortable before she departs and then returns to your home between 24 and 48 hours to check on you and answer any questions you may have. She continues care for approximately six weeks following the birth.
MIDWIFE means “with woman”. All over the world, midwives are “with woman” during one of the most significant experiences of their lives, BIRTH.
Over 80 percent of the babies born in the world today are received into the caring, skilled hands of a midwife.
Should a first time mother have her baby at home? ABSOLUTELY! First time mothers often need more support and information on pregnancy, birth and their newborn babies than experienced mothers. The special emphasis midwives give to education, counseling and one-on-one care is ideal for the needs of a woman giving birth to her first child. Follow up care, with plenty of time given to answer questions, is a valuable aspect of midwifery care.
Are homebirths with midwives safe? The safety of midwifery care has been proven all over the world, including the United States. Studies and statistics demonstrate over and over again that midwifery care outcomes are consistently as safe – if not safer – than that of any other provider for the majority of women. The World Health Organization recommends that all, healthy, pregnant women seek out midwives as their maternity providers.
TIME Magazine recently reported that the United States ranks 41 out of 171 countries in maternal mortality (women who die from complications in pregnancy or during the birthing process). In the United States, 1 out of 4,800 women die in childbirth as opposed to 1 out of 16,400 in 40 other countries! The main difference between our country and the others is the extent to which other developing countries provide their women access to midwifery care. In countries where midwives attend a significant number of the births, their intervention rates are lower and maternal outcomes are better.