Midwives Model of Care™
The Midwives Model of Care™ is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The Midwives Model of Care includes:
• Monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
• Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
• Minimizing technological interventions and;
• Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this model has been proven to reduce to incidence
of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section
The Midwives Model of Care definition above is Copyright ©
1996-2001, Midwifery Task Force, All Rights Reserved.
Good research shows that when the midwifery model of care is applied, between eighty-five and ninety-five percent of healthy women will safely give birth without surgery or instruments.
-Ina May Gaskin
I have chosen the Midwifery Model of Care because it matches my personal philosophy: that birth is a normal event and low-risk for most woman; that woman should be provided with care by a trusted practitioner that is there to educate and guide her through every phase of the childbearing year; that the pregnant family should be thoroughly involved and listened and trusted; interventions often cause more harm when used unnecessarily or routinely; obstetricians are thankfully there when technology and interventions may be needed.
This model is women-centered. Also called the humanistic model of care, as it recognizes the oneness of mind and body. It is quite a different model and philosophy from how Obstetricians and most CNM's practice. One would also be quite challenged to find this type of model in a hospital in this country.
It does not fit into the techno-medical setting. However, a homebirth is the ideal setting for the midwifery model of care to really flourish.
Delivering Supportive Compassionate Care in your Home.