What is midwifery care?
The word “midwife” means, “with woman.” As a midwife, I provide skilled prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and newborn care for women, practicing according to the standards of the Midwives Model of Care and the MANA Core Competencies for Midwives.
Complete, competent, and evidence based, midwifery care is designed to educate women and encourage them to take responsibility for their reproductive health and newborn through the principle of informed consent. Combining age-old skills and traditions with modern obstetrical research, midwifery is both a science and an art. We emphasize a natural, holistic approach to obstetrical care, utilizing both alternative and allopathic resources as appropriate.
While midwives have been attending women for centuries, the care they provide remains relevant today. Studies such as the 2009 study on perinatal morbidity and mortality in the Netherlands, and the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Statistics Study have found home and birth center delivery by midwives for low risk women and their newborns to be statistically as safe or safer than a hospital delivery. Midwifery care operates on the belief that a woman’s body is designed anatomically and physiologically to deliver a healthy baby. Midwives utilize skills and knowledge obtained through rigorous training to safeguard that process, providing assistance, professional support, and referral for appropriate medical care when needed.