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.