Our past, our present, our future By: Dawn Moriarty
Many people think midwives solely assist with childbirth. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Midwives help care for the mother during her pregnancy as well as after the birth. Depending on the type of midwife you have depends on the care you get. Some midwives that have a higher level of education, such as a Registered Nurse, can often prescribe medications much like a doctor. Midwives offer support and counseling as needed You midwife is much more likely to treat you naturally and holistically to make your pregnancy a safer and healthier one. Midwives can deliver your baby at home or in a hospital setting if necessary.
The Bible make references to midwifery. Midwifery is an age old profession the practice of which has remained the same over the millenia. (Mckune, 2011) During the 15th, 16th, and part of the 17th century, midwives were considered “lowly” and looked down upon. Because using natural and herbal remedies were considered witchcraft, midwives were often accused of being witches. In the Middle Ages, women from one village to the next continued to tend the sick and care for women during labor and birth. Eventually, the ruling class and the Medieval Church sanctioned the new male medical profession of physicians, many of whom were priests, had little to no training, and exalted the persecution of lay healers and midwives. Many women were tortured and burned or hung as heretics or witches in an effort to suppress the competition. The transmission of knowledge from Grandmother to Mother to Daughter was interrupted during the burnings when children were coerced by authorities to report their family members as witches if they performed any healing practices. (Marshburn)
Midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs®) and certified midwives (CMs®) encompasses a full range of primary health care services for women from adolescence beyond menopause. These services include primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, care of the normal newborn during the first 28 days of life, and treatment of male partners for sexually transmitted infections. (The American College of Nurse-Midwives , 2010) As of January 2004, there are over 850 CPMs (Certified Personal Midwives) in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. (Citizens for midwifery, 2005)
According to the US Department of Labor, nursing is the largest health care related occupation in the country. It is also a profession that is experiencing a nation-wide shortage especially in specialized areas such as midwifery. Employment opportunities for certified nurse midwives are excellent and are expected to grow 21%-35% through the end of the decade. ("Certified nurse midwife," 2004)
Midwives keep the attention where it needs to be. OnYOU! We care for our pregnant moms with kindness andgive them the attention, both medically and emotionally,that they need.You are not just a patient ID with us. You are a person.Let us make this time what it should be...one of the mostrewarding times of your life!
Most midwife offices are not your typical doctor’s office.Although many midwives work out of OB/GYN offices, ifyou have a midwife with his/her own office, you are likelyto go to a place that is more calming, serene and relaxing.“Even a midwifes office may look different from that of thetypical obstetrician. Catherine Gorchoff, a CNM in SantaRosa, CA, decorated hers with antiques, floral paintings,and scented candles to mask any medicinal odors.”(Cunningham)
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