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Midwifery

As Anne Frye says:  “Midwifery is grounded in the perspective that most women, given physical and psychological support by a trained midwife and accompanied by loved ones, will give birth safely with few, if any, interventions. Midwives screen their patients carefully, watch for complications, and rely on obstetricians in cases requiring intervention. But they spend much of their time educating patients and tend to see their role as collaborative rather than authoritative.  Midwives are guardians of the normal.” (http://archives.yalealumnimagazine.com/issues/2004_09/midwifery.html). 

Certified Professional Midwives

Midwifery Model of Care 

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 wellbeing of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle;
  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous assistance during labor and      birth, and postpartum support;
  • Minimizing technological interventions; and
  • Identifying and referring women who require medical attention.

As midwives, we believe the practice of midwifery to be distinct from the practice of medicine. We base our profession on a model of care, which believes:

  • Each woman is unique and her care should be tailored to meet her individual needs;
  • Attending to a woman’s emotional and spiritual needs is as important as providing adequate medical care;
  • Midwives are trained by other midwives, whether that training takes place in schools or through apprenticeships;
  • Midwives maintain a professional attitude and practice, which promote collegial and respectful relationships among all health care providers;
  • The relationship between midwife and client is collaborative;
  • Midwives support the inter-relationship of midwifery and communities; and
  • Midwives promote the awareness of the connection between the health of women, babies, and families; the environment; communities, and nations of the world.

(Based on New Mexico’s Scope of Practice and Standards and Guidelines document, to be found at:  https://nmhealth.org/publication/view/guide/1725/. )

Home Birth Midwifery Care

  • Comprehensive Prenatal visits in our Northfield Office.
  • Labs and recommended testing during your pregnancy and postpartum.
  • Referrals to other providers when needed for wellness.
  • Unlimited email, text, and phone support 24/7.
  • Labor and birth support and care in the comfort of your own home or chosen place of birth.
  • Comprehensive postpartum care for mother and baby for the first 6-8 weeks and beyond.
  • Lactation counseling through weaning of your child.

Well Woman Care (For Established Clients)

Do you dread going for your yearly/tri-yearly well woman visit?  It doesn’t have to be a dreadful thing to ensure your overall health.  Well woman care with a midwife is probably a lot different from the well woman care you have received in the past.  We take a holistic approach to your individual concerns and needs.  Well woman visits are resonably priced to fit even the smallest budgets.  This care may include, but is not limited to, the following: 

  • Comprehensive Consultation visits.
  • Nutrition Counselling 
  • Complete physical exam, including labs and pap smear, if needed.
  • Labs needed to further wellness understanding.
  • Emotional Support
  • Provider Referrals, if needed. 

Resources and Information For Current Midwifery Clients:

This is wonderful information and a video that addresses newborn blood spot screening.  Visit www.savebabies.org, and click on Minnesota or Wisconsin, or whatever your state of residence is.   https://youtu.be/Zwb1tQPHmxs

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