From the Frontiersman;
Midwives and Birth Centers… Just a fad, or are we on to something?
You may have noticed that more and more women and families are choosing to forego the standard OB care for their pregnancy, and are opting for the care of a midwife instead. Why is this and what can a midwife offer to a woman expecting a baby? Read on to learn more about this option that is not only trending in popularity, but also supported by research!
The Midwives Model of Care is, from its core philosophy, a different approach to pregnancy and childbirth than contemporary, standard obstetrics. Midwifery care is personalized, woman-centered care for before, during, and after birth. Midwives are health care professionals specializing in pregnancy and childbirth, who develop a trusting relationship with their clients, resulting in mothers and families that feel educated and prepared for the greatness of welcoming a new life. While there are different types of midwives practicing in various settings (think hospital, birth center, home, clinic, and teaching institutions), all midwives are trained to provide comprehensive prenatal care and education, guide labor and birth, address complications, and care for newborn babies.
What do midwives do, exactly? Midwives monitor the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout pregnancy and birth, provide education, prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum care. Midwives minimize technological interventions in a low-tech/high-touch way, and work collaboratively with other professionals such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, obstetricians, pediatricians, lactation consultants, and more, to provide the best and most comprehensive care.
There is a saying that we have and it’s that “Some women need an obstetrician… ALL women deserve a midwife!”
Learn more about midwifery care and how you can benefit from the care of a midwife! Stop by for a tour or call to schedule a consultation! 907.357.7781