About Midwifery Care

Midwifery care is based on a belief that birth is a normal life event. Midwives partner with women through their childbearing years to provide comprehensive well woman care. Midwives are trained professionals that respect each woman's individualism and uniqueness. Midwives are experts in health and wellness offering counseling and education to grow healthy babies and better the chance at an uncomplicated birth. They work with the family to recognize needs both physical and emotional. They understand their limits and will refer to other health care providers as necessary.

Statistical data shows that planned out of hospital births are actually safer for low-risk mothers than the hospital. Fewer interventions take place resulting in fewer complications and less likelihood that a cascade of problems will result. It is important to remember that even with midwives there are many different kinds and the practices and protocols of one may be very different than the protocols of another. It is the responsibility of the parents to do their research and make sure that they are comfortable with the kind of care their midwife provides.

A midwife cannot guarantee you the perfect birth. As with any life situation, circumstances can change quickly, but when considering birth it is important to understand that birth is natural and inherently safe and interference with the birth process can be risky to both mother and baby.

For most birthing women that fall in the low-risk category, choosing midwifery care is beneficial for many reasons. Midwives offer personal attention and compassion that is not routinely found amongst obstetricians. Your medical history is thoroughly reviewed and your questions and concerns will be comprehensively addressed. You are likely to receive continuity of care, meaning that you will be able to develop a relationship with your midwife as you will be seen by the same person at each prenatal visit.

It is important to know what you want out of your birth experience. Should you choose to have your birth attended by a midwife, do your research and choose someone who understands your wants and desires and is willing to accommodate.

A little bit about the midwifery model of care...

What do midwives do prenatally?

What do midwives do during labor and birth?

What do midwives do in the postpartum period?

What do midwives NOT do?

Missouri Midwives Demystified, 2011, p 108-109