As a midwife it is my role to guide not rule, inform not decide, support not do, be with not rescue a women in her transformation from woman to mother.
Fundamentally my view and belief of Midwifery is to be ‘with women’. To be with women in their multifaceted journey through a time that can be one of the most life changing events in a woman’s life. As the World Health Organisation states, midwives are the most appropriate health care provider for women and normal birth. It is my belief that this encompasses & is influenced by the physical, mental and spiritual & sexual aspect of the women. Forming relationships with women and their families and providing a continuation care model enables trust, communication, respect, education, support and care, it is due to these continual relationships that all of these attributes are embodied. In this relationship there is a sharing of knowledge so as the women with her family can make informed decisions about her and her babies ongoing care and options. When a women’s needs exceeds my scope of practice, it is my responsibility to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team, making the appropriate referrals so as the woman is able to receive the appropriate care, which in turn optimizes her experience and facilitates safety for her and her baby.
Birth is not just the outcome that I believe in. I believe in wellness in our minds, bodies, homes and in our communities and when women are involved and responsible for their pregnancies, births and their parenting there is a significant sense of self worth, pride, accomplishment and well being that is attached. This in turn affects her relationships within her home, with family and friends having a ripple effect…….