What is a Midwife?
The midwives are as people who assist pregnant women to deliver their babies in their own homes. They do not only assist them in the birthing process but also during the pregnancy. A midwife is present during labor and even after the delivery of the baby. Many women who wish to have normal delivery take the guidance and health care tips from midwives. At home, a midwife not only assists in managing the pregnancy but also tells the expecting mother what to do and what not to do during and immediately after the delivery.
Most midwife centers have a platform where you may come and meet some of the midwives and experience a better feel of what they do. At this time you will also most likely be given some literature you can read about the role of midwives in the birth process. Essentially, you will discover that having a midwife is going to be an extremely rewarding experience that really helps to guide a woman and her partner through the pregnancy.
In most cases you will be assigned to one primary midwife, who will be your caretaker throughout the pregnancy. You will also be introduced to one or possibly two other midwives, who will help care for you as well, should your primary caretaker be on vacation or with another patient on the day of your birth. This is exactly what happened to my wife and I as our usual midwife was at another birth. But because of this program, we were already extremely comfortable with our other two midwives and it simply was not a problem for us.
You will be in the care of your midwife throughout the pregnancy, which means you will be going to her instead of a doctor, unless you choose otherwise. This means your midwife will be doing all of your examinations, assigning ultrasound dates, and eventually assisting in the birth of your baby.
However, the biggest advantage to having a midwife is that she will be available to you for several weeks after the birth of your baby. She will visit you at your home to ensure that your baby is doing well; show you how to care for your baby, and to answer any questions that you may have.
Having a midwife is a decision that you will never come to regret Simply knowing that your midwife is always just a phone call away should you have any questions or concerns throughout the pregnancy and afterwards, is quite a comforting thing to have in such an uncertain time.