What is a midwife?
A midwife is a health care provider that cares for women during the childbearing year. An expert in normal pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods; a midwife is capable of providing care for low risk, healthy women and babies. Care with a midwife is individualized, woman centered, and evidence based.
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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