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Midwives

Midwives are experts in normal, uncomplicated labor and birth. They consider birth to be a natural event and tend to have very low rates of medical interventions. Should a complication arise, midwives are trained to identify the complication and transfer their clients to a higher level of care when the complication requires it. Midwives work in all settings: home, birth center and hospital. If you are considered “low risk,” believe that birth is a normal physiologic process, want to avoid medical interventions and believe that the likelihood of needing surgery is minimal, than you should consider choosing a midwife for your birth.

Search CiC’s Provider Network to find a midwife near you.

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Midwives Model of Care

by Midwives Model of Care

The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. 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
• Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

Questions to Ask Your Care Provider

by Choices in Childbirth

Here are some suggested questions to encourage dialogue and help you get a sense of your care provider’s approach. It is a good idea to interview at least 2 to 3 providers. It is never too late to change providers if you are not comfortable with the answers you receive. 

Choosing a Home Birth

by Choices in Childbirth

Choosing the appropriate place to birth your child is an important maternity care decision. In the United States the vast majority of women choose to birth in a hospital setting. However, for many women, birthing at home or at a birth center, with a qualified and experienced care provider, is also a safe and legal option. This article provides some guidelines to help you determine whether homebirth is a good choice for you.

Understanding the Research on Home Birth

by Gene Declercq

The debate over home birth is a largely ideological one in which information from research studies sometimes goes disregarded.  Valuable studies of home birth do exist, though several factors affect how definitive they can be. This article empowers the reader to understand the available data, its limitations, and what conclusions can be drawn.

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