What is a Midwife?
Midwives are qualified registered professionals who offer a high quality of complete care during pregnancy. Their services include diagnostic tests, bloodwork, detecting complications, addressing concerns, helping mothers with preventive measures, natural birth, and delivery. They manage and promote the health of the mother and baby; provide emotional support, advocating for the parents, and personalizing the services to the mother.
The earlier the midwife is brought in to assist the mother is best. Midwives and parents plan and work together to develop a familiar and reliable relationship. During delivery, midwives are very helpful in making informed decisions that are aligned with the desires of the parents. They keep abreast of the current maternity care and techniques to best help the mothers by informing and educating them of the choices and options available to them.
Many parents choose to have a home delivery unless there are risk factors that require the delivery to be in the hospital. The care of the expected mother is managed by the midwife unless complications arise which may result in a consult/transfer to the obstetrician, pediatrician or physician. The midwife stays with the mother throughout the delivery, always providing care and support.