Your midwife and you.
An unbeatable team!
Your midwife is a trained professional who has successfully completed a recognised midwifery education programme.
A midwife is not just a responsible and accountable professional. She is a trusted confidante and precious guide who supports a mother
through every minute of her delivery, and provides the necessary support and care during pregnancy.
A midwife’s duties and responsibilities are not limited to providing assistance with the birth. She also provides great pre-natal and ante-natal care.
Why should women be given
the choice of a Midwife’s care?
In low risk, uncomplicated pregnancies, research proves that care by midwives is as safe as care by obstetricians. Studies also reveal a host of other benefits like increased satisfaction, shorter labour, lower need for pain relief, high rates of normal births, and lower need for caesarean sections.
Midwives are also highly trained in the detection of complications in mother and child, gaining access to emergency medical care, and taking other appropriate emergency measures.
What is the importance
The role of a midwife is to provide gentle, nurturing care that respects a mother-to-be and her beliefs. She is a source of support, and a reliable medical professsional providing antenatal, and postnatal care.
The midwife provides professional antenatal care, and counsels you on many subjects including diet, and exercise. She educates you on labour, labour positions, and helps write your birth plan.
Midwives encourage you to ask questions, and unfailingly provide the answers you seek.
The midwife provides unparalleled support during labour. She helps a mother give birth, while also constantly monitoring the health of mother and baby.
A midwife’s presence during labour and delivery creates an environment of courage and trust. A mother’s fears are alleviated, and her every need is met. A midwife also helps reduce the risk of unnecessary medical intervention, and supports gentle, natural and safe birthing.
“Midwife-led continuity of care was associated with several benefits for mothers and babies, and had no identified adverse effects compared with models of medical-led care. The main benefits were a reduction in the use of epidurals, with fewer episiotomies or instrumental births. Women’s chances of being cared for in labour by a midwife she had got to know, and having a spontaneous vaginal birth were also increased.
There was no difference in the number of caesarean births. All trials included licensed midwives, and none included lay or traditional midwives. No trial included models of care that offered out-of-hospital birth.
The review concludes that most women should be offered midwife-led continuity models of care, although caution should be exercised in applying this advice to women with substantial medical or obstetric complications”.
-Reference : Sandall J, Soltani H, Gates S, Shennan A, Devane D. Midwife-led continuity models versus other models of care for childbearing women, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 9. Art, No.: CD004667, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004667. pub4.]