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Why Choose a Midwife?

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The Modern midwifes are health professionals who provides holistic care to the childbearing people and newborns. They respect a wide range of needs, including personal and cultural values. Focusing on the natural processes of pregnancy, labor, and birth, they combine traditional skills and modern medical techniques to safeguard normal childbirth. The midwife maintains associations with physicians and other health care providers to ensure that the birthing person and child have the best knowledge and technology available.

Midwifery is based on a strong belief in partnership with childbearing people and respect for birth as a normal life event. Midwives strive to empower parents with knowledge and support their right to create the birth experience which is best for them. Midwives respect intimacy, privacy, and family integrity, and draw on their own patience and understanding to provide care during pregnancy and birth.

Birth is a natural, safe and normal life event.

Midwives consider birth a natural event in someone's life. Midwifery is based on the belief that childbirth is s natural, healthy process and that most people are fully capable of giving birth. Midwives see pregnancy as part of the full spectrum of life's experiences, and they believe individuals have the right to a fulfilling, as well as a safe, childbirth experience.

Midwifery care involves judicious use of technology. Pregnant people avoid the risks, discomfort, and disruption that unnecessary procedures impose, yet have the opportunity to use available technology if needed.

Midwives improve the outcome of labor and birth.

National research shows that midwives achieve the same outcomes as physicians without disrupting the natural birth process as often. Research also shows that midwives have reduced cesarean section rates by more than 50% with no compromise in safety. In fact, care from midwives has significantly lower rates of induced labor, episiotomies, and forcep births. Midwives are most actively involved in a someone's preparation for childbirth. That kind of support reduces the length of labor, avoids unnecessary interventions and improves birth outcomes. Midwifery care is proven to be safe! For links to current research, click here.

Midwives take time to offer care.

Midwives recognize that clients are individuals and because of their personal, cultural, and religious beliefs, every birth experience is different. Midwifery care is ongoing and involves education, health promotion, social support, and clinical assessment. Midwifery encourages mind-body connections, recognizing the spiritual and emotional aspects of birth, allowing women to birth with strength and dignity.

Midwives encourage individuals and their families to make informed choices, creating an atmosphere in which they can celebrate the miracle of birth, wherever they choose to be. Midwifery is personalized care!

Midwifery encourages mind-body connections, recognizing the spiritual and emotional aspects of birth, allowing people to birth with strength and dignity.

Insurance covers midwifery care.

Most health insurance plans cover midwifery care, including Medicaid/DSHS, Group Health, Regence and other major insurers.

Midwives are cost effective and improve outcomes. Midwifery care reduces costs through sensible use of technology and tests, and low cesarean section rates without compromising quality or outcome. Midwives contribute to cost savings. With the option of out-of-hospital care, families can reduce costs as must as 30-50%!