Midwives are autonomous practitioners who are specialists in low-risk pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. Midwives strive to help women to have a healthy pregnancy and natural birth experience. Midwives are trained to recognise and deal with deviations from the normal. Obstetricians, in contrast, are specialists in illness related to childbearing and in surgery.
Midwives refer women to general practitioners or obstetricians when a pregnant woman requires care beyond the midwives’ area of expertise. In many cases, these professions work together to provide care to childbearing women. Midwives are also trained to deal with complexity and the many variation of normal such as where the baby may be “sitting” in an unusual position, using non-invasive techniques.
The midwife is recognised 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, to conduct births on the midwife’s 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 emergency measures.
At My Midwives we can provide care for you from the time you are pregnant right through until your baby is at home with you. Please contact us for a no obligations initial appointment and we can discuss your options for care.