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. – Citizens for Midwifery
As midwives, we believe the practice of midwifery to be distinct from the practice of medicine. Midwifery is based on a strong belief in partnership with childbearing women and respect for birth as a normal life event. Midwives strive to empower parents with knowledge and support their right to create the birth experience which is best for them. Midwives respect intimacy, privacy, and family integrity, and draw on their own patience and understanding to provide care during pregnancy and birth.
Birth is a natural, safe and normal life event.
Midwives consider birth a natural event in women’s lives. Midwifery is based on the belief that childbirth is s natural, healthy process and that most women are fully capable of giving birth. Midwives see pregnancy as part of the full spectrum of life’s experiences, and they believe women have the right to a fulfilling, as well as a safe, childbirth experience.
Midwifery care involves judicious use of technology. Women avoid the risks, discomfort, and disruption that unnecessary procedures impose, yet have the opportunity to use available technology if needed.
Midwives improve the outcome of labor and birth.
National research shows that midwives achieve the same outcomes as physicians without disrupting the natural birth process as often. Research also shows that midwives have reduced cesarean section rates by more than 50% with no compromise in safety. In fact, care from midwives has significantly lower rates of induced labor, episiotomies, and forcep births. Midwives are most actively involved in a woman’s preparation for childbirth. That kind of support reduces the length of labor, avoids unnecessary interventions and improves birth outcomes. Midwifery care is proven to be safe!
The experience profoundly changed my perspective. In the hospital, I hadn’t perceived the anxiety and foreboding that permeated birth until I experienced the impact of its absence among the midwives. The peace, wonder, and intimacy were infinitely greater. What a compelling difference! ~Heidi Rinehart, MD
Midwives take time to offer care.
Midwives recognize that clients are individuals and because of their personal, cultural, and religious beliefs, every birth experience is different. Midwifery care is ongoing and involves education, health promotion, social support, and clinical assessment. Midwives recognize the spiritual and emotional aspects of birth, allowing women to birth with strength and dignity.
Midwives encourage women and their families to make informed choices, creating an atmosphere in which they can celebrate the miracle of birth, wherever they choose to be. Midwifery is personalized care!
Why Choose Joy In Birth Midwifery?
This midwife firmly believes in the autonomy of every woman to make her own choices for her healthcare. Every expectant mama is treated with respect, dignity, and love, and is provided with the tools to make the best, educated choices she can for herself and her baby. A basic tenet of this practice is that it is “your birth, your body, your baby” to make choices and decisions how you see fit!
I believe in honoring the physiological processes of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, allowing the natural order of things to unfold in their own time. That includes patient guardianship of an overdue mama, watchful and unhurried care during birth, and breastfeeding that is led by the baby’s own instincts.
I believe in the vital necessity of implementing sound nutritional practices in each pregnancy, and that the use of alternative therapies such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, and osteopathic medicine can be valuable assets to achieving a healthy mama, baby, and birth.
I believe that a baby is a person deserving of respect, and will be treated gently and with dignity.
I am dedicated to the continual development of collaborating relationships so that I can provide my clients with the best care possible, which can sometimes mean calling on more advanced medical care, or perhaps helping her find a caregiver more suited to her needs or temperament.
I believe in the importance of safe practices, brought about by continual study, attendance of workshops and educational conferences, and keeping all life-saving skills up to date.
Finally, I believe that there is a Creator God with a divine design who has perfectly engineered pregnancy and birth. I believe that women are not broken, needing innumerable unnecessary interventions in order to have a safe delivery. I do not believe that birth in and of itself is perfect, but that the watchful eye of a compassionate, skilled caregiver is important in preventing problems that may arise, all while wisdom calls upon that caregiver to not react overzealously.
Why choose Joy In Birth Midwifery? Because a difference is being made, one pregnancy, one birth, one person at a time!
Attending births is like growing roses. You have to marvel at the ones that just open up and bloom at the first kiss of the sun but you wouldn’t dream of pulling open the petals of the tightly closed buds and forcing them to blossom according to your time line.
– Gloria Lemay