At a recent birth I was greatly encouraged and impressed by the beautiful work done by a Certified Nurse Midwife at one of our local hospitals. My client’s midwife was in tune with the birthing mother and allowed the mother to do what she needed to do, without asking her to have medical intervention. The mother arrived at the hospital, unknowingly nearly complete in dilation, did not want to be checked for dilation, and thus was not checked until she felt it was time to push, just minutes before the birth. The baby was nearly born into it’s mother’s arms with the mother able to squat while birthing. The baby was not separated from it’s parents arms until it was absolutely necessary for him to regain his temperature. The mother always reported feeling greatly cared for by the group of CNM’s she was being seen by. They would hug her when she came in for appointments and encourage her in her up and coming motherhood. This level of care is affirmed by the Midwives Model of Care statement.
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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