The purpose of the 2017 Midwife Conference was to help those who were aspiring to become midwives to learn about the field in the comfort of their own communities while still being able to take care of their families. The organizers of the program believe that midwifery is for anyone motivated and eager to learn. Just as there are birthing women, the midwife is often called to do what she needs to. Through experience, they know that students and others who have the will to study midwifery in their communities play a significant part in the local birth network, especially when they are prepared to practice independently. The organizers also further believe that women have the right to know what they need and choose for themselves whether or not they should give birth in a birthing home or a hospital.
The Role Of The Midwife In Pregnancy
The midwife provides most of a pregnant woman’s care and needs before giving birth. If a pregnant woman plans to give birth in a maternity unit, it would be good for her to see a midwife in conjunction with her appointments with her obstetrician. If she plans to have a home birth, then she will have to see the midwife throughout the span of her pregnancy.
The midwife typically checks the health status and position of the baby inside the woman’s womb. She is available to provide advice and support and prepare the pregnant woman for her upcoming delivery.
Labor And Delivery
The midwife is present for the pregnant woman throughout her labor and delivery. She provides details about her delivery, emotional support, and encouragement. She also monitors the baby’s heartbeat and other vitals and can offer pain relief through the help of a doctor. Finally, she can teach you some strategies that can help you reduce labor pain and other issues you may have.
If your birth is uncomplicated and you are giving birth in a public hospital, the midwife plays a part in assisting you both in labor and during the delivery of your baby. Often, you will not have the same person taking care of you for the labor and delivery time, but perhaps you can suggest doing so. The midwife can also call the obstetrician in case you experience complications while delivering your baby.
If a pregnant woman chooses to give birth in her home, it is the midwife’s responsibility to care for her in her home throughout labor and delivery. Perhaps she can contact an ambulance in case of emergencies.