In celebration of National Midwifery Week, let’s look at the exemplary service that midwives provide for expectant mothers.
Evidence shows that with the midwifery model of care mothers have:
- More prenatal education and counseling time;
- More freedom of movement in labor and birth;
- More access to food and drink in labor;
- Fewer labor interventions;
- More access to non-drug methods of pain relief;
- Fewer complications of birth;
- Fewer cesareans;
- More VBACs;
- Higher breastfeeding rates;
- Excellent maternal and perinatal outcomes.
A study in the journal, The Lancet, defined midwifery as, “skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care for childbearing women, newborn infants and families across the continuum throughout pre-pregnancy, birth, postpartum and the early weeks of life…respecting women’s individual circumstances, and views, and working in partnership with women to strengthen women’s own capabilities to care for themselves and their families.”
American College of Nurse Midwives
Watch a video about midwives in hospitals.
Citizens for Midwifery
Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)
National Association of Certified Professional Midwives
The Mama Sherpas
A documentary by Brigid Maher about the benefits of nurse-midwife and physician collaboration.