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What do our Midwives do?

My Midwives provides one on one midwifery care from the moment they are pregnant, until their baby is six weeks old.

Our experienced midwives are experts in pregnancy, birth and post birth care for mother and baby. They have all been through a rigorous education process and are professionally regulated to provide care to women from early in pregnancy. This includes all aspects of care including the ordering of scans and blood test and referral to a range of other practitioners where required.

WHAT IS A MIDWIFE?

Midwives are autonomous practitioners who are specialists in pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care.

Midwives strive to help women to have a healthy pregnancy and birth experience. Whilst midwives are specialist in normal birth they are trained to recognise and deal with deviations in normal. In contrast obstetricians are specialists in illness related to childbearing, deviations in birth and in surgery.

Midwives refer women to obstetricians when a pregnant woman requires care beyond the midwives’ area of expertise. In most cases, the obstetrician and the midwife then work together to continue to provide care to the woman and her baby. Midwives are also trained to deal the many variations of normal such as where the baby may be “sitting” in an unusual position, using non-invasive techniques.

The midwife is recognised in law as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. The midwives is able to conduct births on ‘her’ own responsibility and to provide care for the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, accessing of medical or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.

At My Midwives we can provide care for you from the time you are pregnant, for the birth of your baby up until your baby is 6 weeks old. Please contact us for a no obligation initial appointment and we can discuss your options for care.

    Pregnancy


    Pregnancy

    “If you don’t know your choices, you don’t have any”

    From the first time you contact us, My Midwives wants to ensure you are supported and feel cared for and special. At your initial visit to My Midwives, you will find out what your options are and have any questions you may have answered. There is a range of choices available in all communities and My Midwives ensures that you know what they are. When you choose midwifery continuity of care you have your own personal midwife, contact, health care provider and counsellor throughout your pregnancy birth and beyond.

    Antenatal Visits

    Antenatal appointments are scheduled throughout your pregnancy. It is at these appointments that your midwife will perform all the checks on the baby’s growth, your health and your baby’s heart rate. Your midwife will order blood tests and any scans you may need and is able to provide all the elements of your pregnancy care.

    The midwives will want to see you approximately every four weeks from 12 weeks of pregnancy through to 28 weeks, then every two weeks up to 36 weeks, then weekly until the birth of your baby. This outline guides the frequency of visits particularly for women in their first pregnancy. Your midwife may wish to see you more often if she is concerned about any aspects of your pregnancy – physical, emotional, psychological or your baby.

    We understand that women lead very busy lives and that waiting around for an appointment can be frustrating. At My Midwives, we pride ourselves on creating an environment that suits families and working parents, and on minimising waiting times. Our clinics are family friendly and often we can cater for appointments out of hours as required. The majority of your appointments will be from 40 minutes to an hour. You need to get to know us and we want to get to know you.

    Pregnancy Planning/Care plan visit

    An important part of planning for your birth is your pregnancy care plan visit. Your pregnancy care plan visit generally occurs at around 24 weeks but can occur as late as 36 weeks depending on when you book care with My Midwives. During this visit, you and your midwife will concentrate on your priorities and preferences for the birth of your baby. You may have touched on this in previous visits yet we allow sufficient time for you and your midwife to discuss this very important step towards your best birth. Many topics are covered in the care plan visit including your pregnancy and birth expectations, your expectations, the type of birth you are aiming for, what you are doing and what you can do to prepare for this. As this visit concentrates on education it is important to aim to include your partner and any support people you may intend to have present at your birth. This visit is 1 ½ hours and also includes an antenatal check. The midwife may order bloods and scans at this visit if required.

      Birth


      Birth

      At My Midwives we believe that women can’t make informed choices about how to birth their babies until they are informed. Your midwife will recommend books and websites for you to look at, births to watch on DVD or video, and discussions to have with your partner, family and baby to see what feels right for you. Every birth is different, unique, magical. It is an absolute privilege for us to be there to support and witness you at your most powerful, birthing your baby. It’s miraculous every time.

      During your pregnancy, you will have worked out with your midwife how you would like to birth and where. You will feel comfortable with making informed choices about a range of scenarios and who will be present at the birth. You will have been in constant contact with your midwife in the build-up to the birth and seeing her regularly so that by the time the first contractions start, you will be excited, confident and prepared.

      Antenatal appointments are scheduled throughout your pregnancy. It is at these appointments that your midwife will perform all the checks on the baby’s growth, your health and your baby’s heart rate. Your midwife will order blood tests and any scans you may need and is able to provide all the elements of your pregnancy care.

      In labour your midwife is on hand helping you to choose when to go to the hospital, she will then provide your care throughout your labour and birth until you have fed your baby and you both feel settled.

      You are always supported, heard, respected and loved as you go through one of the most major, intense and important transitions of your life.

        Post Birth


        Post Birth

        During pregnancy (especially if you have never had a baby before!) the majority of your focus is usually on the birth but once your baby is born it can sometimes seem that birthing your baby is the easy part as new mothers struggle to get to grips with breastfeeding, the disruption, lack of sleep and responsibility of taking care of a new baby.

        At My Midwives, we are passionate about post-birth care and offer this service to all women regardless of where you have birthed your baby.

        Post birth (or postpartum) can be a very difficult time for any woman and we believe it is crucial that every woman accesses real and practical support. For this reason, we offer flexibility in options for home visiting and clinic-based care. We listen, we hear you and we help you.

        Postnatal midwifery gives the new mother the support, care, understanding and information she needs to successfully make the transition into motherhood. Our qualified lactation consultants and midwives come to your home and ensure that your baby is content, feeding happily and correctly, that you know how to take care of your nipples and successfully bath and settle your baby.

        We check that you are returning to health after birthing and that you are eating and drinking enough, give you tips for successful sleeping strategies (for both mother and baby!), listen to your baby blues, mop up the tears and reassure you that you are the very best mother for your baby.

        We help you to feel good about yourself, your new life and your new addition.

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