It's true. Midwives know quite a bit about provider comfort and support in labor: positions to help get the baby out, homeopathy and aromatherapy techniques, pressure points to relieve pain and discomfort. As much as midwives know these things and can offer them, utilizing these techniques during your labor and providing physical and emotional comfort, may mean that they are not well rested when your baby is ready to arrive.
We focus on the safety and well being of you and your little one. It's hard for us to know when your labor starts whether it will be two hours or twenty. Your midwife and her assistant will monitor your labor and rest in between checks to make sure that they are alert and focused: ready to handle any unexpected situations that my arise when your baby is being born or immediately afterward.
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The Midwifery Model of Care
Prenatal care with midwives is unique when compared to the typical medical model of care that most prenatal care clinics offer. This is because midwives believe that pregnancy and childbirth are normal life events, and should be treated as a healthy physiologic process. The midwives model of care includes:
Monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the parent throughout the childbearing cycle
Providing the parent with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
Minimizing technological interventions and
Identifying and referring those who require obstetrical attention.
The application of this model has been proven to reduce to incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section (Midwives Alliance of North America, 2016). We are proud to offer this model of care to our community!
Midwifery Care During Labor
We believe strongly in freedom of movement in labor, and know that periodic position changes help the process along in the most efficient way possible. During labor, the midwife will regularly listen to the baby’s heartbeat using a handheld device called a doppler, which allows her to monitor the baby’s wellbeing while you can also move about freely without having to constantly wear a fetal monitor.
Once you are admitted to the birth center, you will receive on-on-one care from the midwife and her assistant(s) whether your labor lasts 4 or 40 hours. Because labors can vary in length and intensity, the midwife will alternate her clinical duties (such as charting, taking your vitals, checking on your labor progress, and monitoring the baby’s heartbeat) with resting so that she will be alert and ready in case of any complications that may arise during the labor and birth.
Occasionally the midwife may use herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, or medications to manage any complications. Our birth center is equipped with all the necessary remedies and instruments to manage the most common birth complications including: oxygen, medications for excessive bleeding, neonatal resuscitation equipment, IV supplies, and suturing instruments.
Doulas and Midwives: The Perfect Combination
Though midwives are also well educated and equipped to provide comfort measures in labor, the primary focus of the midwife is on the physical health and well-being of the parent and the infant. This means that much of their attention is on tasks such as fetal heart rate monitoring and charting, leaving them less available to consistently provide emotional and physical comfort measures. In addition, labors can sometimes be long processes, and it is essential that your midwife and her assistant(s) be well rested so they can attend to any urgent needs that may arise during your birth. For these reasons, we highly recommend hiring a birth doula!
Doulas and midwives work best together to provide optimal, continuous care to the birthing parent and their family.
Our focus is on the safety and well being of you and your little one. Your midwife and her assistant will monitor your labor and rest in between checks to make sure that they are alert and focused: ready to handle any unexpected situations that my arise when your baby is being born or immediately afterward.
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