Midwives are trained to provide personal primary healthcare to you from your first period to menopause and beyond, including prenatal care, labor, delivery, and postpartum care, gynecological exams, newborn care, assistance with family planning decisions, preconception care, menopausal management, and counseling in health maintenance and disease prevention.
Midwives practice a holistic approach to pregnancy, birth, and health care. We focus on the promotion of health and the development of individual responsibility. Midwifery is a collaborative practice between you and your midwife. I take time to listen to you, honor and respect the wisdom, dignity, and sacredness of pregnancy and birth, and support you in the process of making decisions for your birth and baby.
At Beginnings we believe in the power and transformation of pregnancy and birth. We believe in the physiological process of birth, and know that the less we interfere with the process the smoother and more empowering the experience for you. I welcome you to ask questions, make informed decisions, and communicate what kind of birth you want. We are here to support, guide, educate, and ultimately empower you in this journey that we are honored to have the opportunity to witness.
“In all cultures, the midwife’s place is on the threshold of life, where intense human emotions, fear, hope, longing, triumph, and incredible physical power enable a new human being to emerge. Her vocation is unique.”
~ Sheila Kitzinger
“There is a secret in our culture and it is not that birth is painful but that women are strong.” ~Laura Stavoe
Midwives Model of Care
The Midwives Model of Care™ is a fundamentally different approach to pregnancy and childbirth than contemporary obstetrics. Midwifery care is uniquely nurturing, hands-on care before, during, and after birth. Midwives are health care professionals specializing in pregnancy and childbirth who develop a trusting relationship with their clients, which results in confident, supported labor and birth. While there are different types of midwives practicing in various settings, all midwives are trained to provide comprehensive prenatal care and education, guide labor and birth, address complications, and care for newborns. The Midwives Model of Care™ is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events.
The Midwives Model of Care includes;
- monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of clients throughout the childbearing cycle
- providing individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- minimizes 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.
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