The Midwives’ Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth is a normal life process.
The word “midwife” means “with woman.” A midwife provides care that reflects her deep understanding of a woman’s needs and that of her newborn throughout the intricate process of pregnancy, labor, and birth. She also provides care and support through the days and weeks following birth with mothering and breastfeeding support, including the following:
- 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
A midwife is someone who teaches, encourages, and empowers a woman in making decisions about her healthcare. She can provide medical supervision, care, and advice to a woman during her pregnancy, labor and postpartum period. A midwife must also identify abnormal conditions in a mother or baby which would indicate need of further care. A midwife is trained and equipped to execute emergency measures in the absence of other medical help.
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
Home birth Experience: Judy -19 years
Certified Nurse Midwives: Judy – 22 years
Transfer rate from home:
First time moms: 10%
Moms who have previously given birth: 0.5%
Cesarean section rate:
First time moms: 4-5%