What Is A Midwife?

Midwifery Care

My guide to midwifery care is the Midwives Model of Care as described below.

The Midwives Model of Care

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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I also practice evidence-based midwifery care, which incorporates current best research evidence, clinical experience, and client preference and values.

Safety of Homebirth

The largest study of home births attended by Certified Professional Midwives, published in the British Medical Journal, finds that planned home birth with a CPM is as safe as hospital birth for low-risk women.

Homebirth results in far fewer medical interventions than hospital births. These findings are consistent with earlier studies. https://www.bmj.com/content/330/7505/1416