Pregnancy and birth are normal physiologic processes. My services have been provided in accordance with the Midwifery Model of Care. This model of care includes:
- Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- Individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, and continuous assistance during labor and birth, and postpartum support
- Minimizing technological intervention
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical intervention
In addition, pregnancy and birth are powerful, transformative rites of passage for a woman and her family. Homebirth midwives can honor these special qualities of birth, and assist families in having the gentlest and most empowered birth possible for them. During prenatal care, midwives facilitate exploration of the emotional, social, and spiritual changes taking place. During birth, the mother's autonomy and her unique needs and rhythms are respected. After the birth, mother/baby bonding and successful breastfeeding are supported. Families are encouraged to maintain a calm, restful environment for mother and baby in the first few weeks postpartum, so that the deep bonding and integration of the baby among the family members may gently unfold.