IS A MIDWIFE?
midwife is a person experienced in childbirth who assists
birth naturally and safely. She can provide necessary care during
pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period.
attends a women during childbirth and cares for the newly born
midwife advises, educates, and supports birthing women.
have an important task in health education within the family and the
DO MIDWIVES DO?
provide a full range of services, beginning with early prenatal care
and often times well women care.
promote good outcomes for mother and infant by encouraging healthy
lifestyles through preventative measures, holistic care, and natural
provide individualized, skilled and loving support, encouragement,
education, and feminine empowerment.
midwives allow time at prenatal appointments to build a personalized,
warm, trusting relationship.
attend the labor and birth, continuously. Midwives can
observe the mother and baby using minimal invasive methods to preserve
calm, relaxed atmosphere.
Midwife suggests emergency transfer if necessary. She’s able
to recognize deviations from a normal birth.
follow through with the birth process by doing postpartum care for the
mother and the newborn baby.
IS A TRADITIONAL LAY MIDWIFE?
Midwifery is a particular school of thought of midwifery, which tries
to minimize interventions, tests and medicalization of pregnancy and
childbirth. Traditional Midwives are often thought of as Keepers
of Birth and do not use obstetrical practices, as other
are taught to use.
TM does do or encourage many of the following:
herbs, homeopathic remedies and good nutrition
methods of turning breech babies
needed or warranted, natural methods of induction
yoga, swimming and walking
birthing positions and use of birthing props
in Mother Nature and a Woman’s Intuition
TM does not do or encourage the following:
unnecessary or non requested vaginal exams
of pain medications, pitocin or other medications
restrictive diets like Atkin’s or South Beach
to a bed for labor or birth
if any fetal monitoring
blood and urine tests
Traditional Midwife seeks to help her clients to achieve something that
her client’s body does naturally. Most of the time this means
doing nothing at all resembling clinical tasks, but lots of observing,
educating, talking and wisdom sharing. Trust in nature and women; these
are our first steps in care. It is my hope that when my children have
children, there won't be a need for midwives, because every woman will
realize, she is her own midwife.
midwife recognizes that there are physiological, emotional, cultural,
spiritual and sexual aspects to the labor process.
helps to create and support an atmosphere in which the birth can unfold
naturally in the privacy of the woman's home while under the direction
of the birthing woman.
understand that women are strong, capable human beings who are fully
able to birth their babies safely and lovingly in a calm, familiar
environment. Women and babies are designed to experience birth and to
come through the experience safely and unharmed.
the homebirth setting there are no routine time limits, routine medical
interference or technological procedures.
strive to practice "evidence-based" and
“trust-based” care throughout the maternity cycle
which eliminates many of the "medical ritualistic" interventions,
technology, and procedures that are currently practiced in the medical
community, by doctors, MEDwives and hospitals.
birthing is sacred, unique, and individualized.
are able to stay more relaxed in a natural, familiar environment
without intruding strangers or disrupting work schedules and birth
assist their laboring mothers with various relaxation, meditation and
visualization techniques combined with controlled breathing and
encourage women to be up and moving during labor. To eat and drink
during labor to keep well nourished and hydrated, thus preventing
exhaustion and stress to the mother and her baby.
are encouraged to change positions and try new options, such as water
labor and birthing, if this is what the birthing woman would like to
do. This comfortable familiarity, continuum of care, and birthing
options helps to contribute to shorter, easier labors, increased
maternal confidence, and improved outcomes for mother and child.
provides far more control and many more choices for a birthing woman as
well as for the well-being of her baby.
and midwifery research studies and statistics have documented the
reality of safe outcomes for healthy women and babies.
is significantly less risk of infection and other complications, which
include... but are not limited to... hemorrhage, cesareans, and injury
& trauma to the mother and baby.
babies are born at home, there are no mistaken identifications between
mothers and their babies or unwanted medical procedures performed.
important familial bonding between mothers, babies, fathers and
siblings contribute to closer family ties and improved child-parent
addition, the midwife may provide well-woman care and family planning
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This information is not a substitute for, medical diagnosis, medical
advice, or medical treatment prescription. Consult your health care
provider for more information. If you are in Pittsburgh and
midwife, send email to PghMidwife (at) naturalattachment.com