Advantages of Using a Midwife
When you discover you are pregnant, one of the first things you might start thinking about is what kind of care you want to receive. Your first prenatal appointment can happen any time from 6-8 weeks, which can come pretty quickly! That is why it is a good idea to start thinking about your choices surrounding your pregnancy and birth ahead of time.
While choosing your care provider for preconception, pregnancy, birth, and beyond is a personal choice and can vary depending on medical history and risk factors, one of the main benefits and reasons women decide to use a midwife is to experience childbirth as naturally as possible.
Midwives operate under The Midwives Model of Care, which is a uniquely nurturing, hands-on approach to care. Midwives are licensed and certified professionals that specialize in low-risk pregnancy and childbirth. Their goal is to reduce surgical intervention and provide mother-centered care.
If you want to know more about the advantages of midwifery care, here are a few!
Choice in Your Care
We respect that you are an expert of your own body and trust you to make decisions that are best for you. Having the ability to make choices in your care gives you the autonomy you need to have the birth you desire. We help our patients learn and understand all of their options and empower them to make the choices that are right for them and their families. This could be choosing a water birth or a home birth, choosing the positions they labor and move around in, and so much more.
Midwifery care is about taking care of your whole self and is focused on understanding the social, emotional, and physical experience of women. We develop trusting relationships with our clients that goes much deeper than a typical doctor/patient relationship, which results in confident, supported labor and birth. At Birthways, we focus on a full-person approach with our first prenatal appointments lasting from an hour to an hour and a half long. In these appointments we can get to know our clients medically, family relationships, and learn of any resources they need. This lets us get to know you and learn how we can give you what you need to feel truly supported and empowered for your birth.
Well Woman Care
Another advantage of using a midwife for pregnancy and birth is that you can easily transition over to Well Woman Care that is a more personal, dedicated, and relaxing experience. At Birthways, we offer care for all aspects of life including routine gynecological care, annual exams, pap smears, birth control, and menopausal care
To learn more about our prenatal, postpartum, and well woman services or to schedule an appointment, send us a message!