Pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. Your midwife knows how to give the best care specific to your needs and wishes.

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.

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.

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.

Midwives believe…

Birth is normal…

Birth is a social event, a normal part of a woman’s life.

Birth is the work of the woman and her family.

The woman is a person experiencing a life-transforming event.

Your birth environment is…

Home or other familiar surroundings.

Informal system of care.

Actions and attitude of midwife are…

Sees birth as a holistic process.

Shared decision-making between caregivers and birthing woman.

No class distinction between birthing women and caregivers.

Longer, more in-depth prenatal visits.

Strong emotional support.

Familiar language and imagery used.

Uses technology only if appropriate and proven.

Awareness of spiritual significance of birth.

Obstetricians believe…

Birth is a medical condition…

Childbirth is scary and a potentially dangerous process.

Birth is the work of doctors, nurses, midwives and other experts.

The woman is a patient.

Your birth environment is…

Hospital, unfamiliar territory to the woman.

Rigid system of care.

Actions and attitude of medical staff are..

Doctor and hospital policies are more important than the woman’s concerns and wishes.

Trained to focus only on the medical aspects of birth.

Often a class distinction between obstetrician and patients with a dominant-subordinate relationship.

Information about health, disease and degree of risk not shared with the patient adequately or with use of complicated medical language.

Brief, depersonalized care with little emotional support.

Values technology, often without proof that it improves birth outcome.

Spiritual aspects of birth are ignored or treated as embarrassing.

Midwife Model of Care Birth Philosophy

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