What is a Midwife?
A midwife is a holistically trained health-care professional who specializes in normal, physiologic birth.
The Midwives Model of Care:
- Monitor the physical, psychological, and social well-being of her client throughout the childbearing cycle
- Provide her client with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- Minimize technological interventions
- Identify and refer clients who require obstetrical attention
Safe, Personalized Care
Time and again studies researching the safety of planned home birth have found that home birth with a skilled attendant is indeed safe. You can read a few of the studies here, here, here, here, and here. One recent study from the Midwives Alliance of North America compiled data from over 16,900 planned home births. Results stated that home birth is safe for low risk clients being cared for by a skilled attendant (midwife). To quote the study, "Low-risk women in this cohort experienced high rates of physiologic birth and low rates of intervention without an increase in adverse outcomes."