Birth Philosophy and the Midwife Model of Care
The midwife model of care is based upon the belief that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. Midwives monitor the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle. The midwife will provide the mother with individualized education, counseling and prenatal care, continuous hands on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support. During the course of care, the patient typically works with only one or two midwives. As a result, there is a relationship between the midwife and her patient, and the midwife knows how to give the best care specific to her patient’s needs and wishes. The midwife gives personalized care and minimizes technological interventions. The midwife model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. The midwife identifies and refers women who require physician care.
Florida-licensed midwives graduate from a state regulated and nationally accredited three year, nine semester midwifery program, have eight semesters of clinical internship, attend at least 75 deliveries, manage at least 50 deliveries and pass the national certification exam. Licensed midwives are licensed and regulated by the Florida Department of Heath Division of Medical Quality Assurance.
Minimizing elective technological interventions can reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and c-section. Well-educated, state-regulated, and nationally-accredited midwives are ready to assist you.
*Please keep in mind that this chart is for comparison and contrast only. It is generalized. It is important to research carefully both the midwife / doctor you have chosen as well as the hospital / home / birth center you have planned for your delivery.