NetworkingLast modified: May 11, 2012
WHAT IS A MIDWIFE?
Since the beginning of human history, women have helped other women in the transition to motherhood. Midwives are the primary health care providers in most countries where birth is an integral part of family life. Countries with the highest rate of midwifery care today � emphasizing competent prenatal care, education, and empowerment for the woman giving birth � also have the best outcomes for mothers and babies. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared in 1990 that birth was actually safer for mothers and babies when utilizing midwifery for pregnancy and childbirth.
Midwifery is based on a strong belief in partnership with childbearing women 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.
The modern midwife is a health professional who provides holistic heath care to the childbearing woman and newborn. She respects a wide range of women’s need including personal and cultural values. Focusing on the natural processes of pregnancy, labor, and birth, she combines traditional skills and modern medical techiques to safeguard normal childbirth. The midwife maintains associations with physicians and other health care providers to ensure that mother and child have the best knowledge and technology available.
Midwifery care is individualized care for women during pregnancy and birth and postpartum. Each midwife has her own birthing “wise woman ways” and her own skill levels and perspectives of normalcy of birth. Additionally, every woman has her own perspectives on birth. Her own dreams and goals and plans for her pregnancy and birth. Not every midwife will meet every womans needs so we network with many midwives to help find the perfect midwife for each woman. We feel we best serve our community when we give all options and midwifery services to every woman who then makes her choice based on her own beliefs.
The relationship between a midwife and a woman extends ways beyond the 9 months of pregnancy. It can extend for years as one of the most empowering relationships a woman has had. It is often the first step into making choices for herself and being encouraged to do so. We offer a lot of education and research to every woman we meet. The following are some of the midwives websites available for consultations.
Alabama Midwife Alliance
is a not-for-profit organization uniting midwife professionals and those supporting a variety of safe childbirth options. Membership is open to midwives, students, and others who wish to support caregivers providing the Midwives Model of Care in Alabama. ALMA encourages members to participate in a spirit of humility, responsibility and accountability as we work to ensure the future of midwifery in the state of Alabama.
Alabama Birth Coalition
The Alabama Birth Coalition unites groups and individuals that are committed to improving access to natural childbirth options for women, families and communities in Alabama. Our goal is to provide a statewide grassroots network connecting members with services that support the goal of natural childbirth and respect parents’ rights to make the appropriate health care decisions for their families
Celebrate the journey of natural pregnancy.
Cherish a woman’s natural ability to nourish a healthy pregnancy and birth. Create your ideal birth environment and be supported physically and emotionally.
Discover the safe personal care of a midwife.