I believe it is vital for midwives to recognize each individual family’s unique social and cultural community. Birthing at home affords women the opportunity to create and nurture the community and environment into which their child will be welcomed.
Women are their own primary care providers. During the nine months of pregnancy, most of the “prenatal care” is done by the mother on her own time, in her own home, in the form of self-care: the choices she makes, the intentions she honors, and the love she channels to her baby. Growing and birthing a baby is an intimate and instinctive process, and every woman has her own unique experience of pregnancy and birth.
One of my clinical roles as a midwife is to share all relevant midwifery and medical information that will assist families in making the best healthcare decisions for themselves.
I believe that every woman possesses the inner wisdom and strength to give birth in the way that suits her best. The process of giving birth at home allows women the opportunity to birth autonomously, free from unwanted and unnecessary intervention. My role at births is to honor and affirm the mother’s work and process of labor, and to maintain a safe and nurturing birthing environment.
While most labors of healthy women proceed normally and safely in their own time (when not been medically or otherwise interfered with), sometimes assistance or intervention truly can be helpful for mothers and babies. Skilled midwifery care involves determining when such assistance will be helpful rather than a hindrance, and intervening in a manner that protects the mother’s safety and confidence.
I believe in the strength and necessity of community, and I believe that midwifery care works best when provided within a community context. Many holistic healing modalities complement the spirit of homebirth and midwifery care, and I aim to integrate other healthcare professionals into my practice as appropriate for the healthiest and happiest moms and babies.
Modern obstetrics has contributed life-saving procedures and treatments to childbirth for which I am deeply grateful. The use of obstetric technology can be appropriate when used consciously, judiciously, and honorably towards the safety and well-being of mothers and babies. I am also grateful for the mutually respectful collaborative relationships I have had with physicians in the past. Women and babies have the safest outcomes and most satisfying experiences when midwives and physicians work together towards woman-centered birth.
Women have been the guardians of birth and mothering for tens of thousands of years. It has only been in the last century that the worlds fertility, birth, and mothering have been overtaken by medical providers and institutions. I believe that childbearing information and wisdom still collectively belongs to childbearing women. Women around the world are reclaiming the bodies, their births, and their babies. As a midwife, I am honored to serve women and families in my own community in this reclaiming process.