HomeBirth How To Support Your Midwife Mp4

Damn-it, Midwives Need A Stronger Partnership

As the Founder and Director of a New Zealand charitable Trust, tax-exempt, not-for-profit, registered NGO I have had the privilege of being involved in the global conversation about childbirth and the role of midwives since the early 1970s.

Do you want to know who helped women birth around the world from the beginning of time and throughout the world?

The mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, father, no one, anyone.

There are a few cultures that have a special person who attends births but in most cultures that is not accurate.

Since the mid1970s, there’s been a global conversation that continues as to the role of the midwife, what type of training (if any) is appropriate, and who do midwives help at birth.

You neither need to know the politics or anything else except one thing … how you treat your midwife! Have you met her family?

Do you know if she has a birthday soon? Do you know how many clients she’s working with while you’re pregnant, give birth, and the first 6-12 weeks after birth? Do you know when she last went on vacation? Do you know when the last tough birth occurred?

Back in the 1970s in the US when I started to listen to those who wanted midwives to become part of the health system (after being outlawed since the 1950s) I was frankly totally irritated.

There were midwives all around the world. Some were trained after being nurses and others were trained directly.

Both trainings were still in alignment with the ‘evidence-based’ maternity system at the time.

But there were those who wanted midwives, pregnancy, birth, and the first 6-12 weeks after birth to be totally outside the modern maternity system because they presented ‘pregnancy and birth as normal life events that rarely require medical care’.

But, there we go … a political conversation about midwifery care. Do you have a responsibility for the politics of midwifery?

Yes, you want home births to exist into your sons and daughter’s generation.

That means, midwives need your support and you becoming skilled to do the task of birthing your baby at home so that you do not put yourself, baby and midwife at risk. More than that.

You were a skilled adult before you feel pregnant and didn’t run to or expect any professional to give you as much time as you expect of your midwife and they are willing to give you!

Women are exhausting their midwives instead of supporting them by becoming skilled to birth their babies.

You’re an adult. If you have skills in any area of your life do you prefer to work with others who are mutually skilled even for complimentary tasks or unskilled ones?

That’s a no brainer.

When skilled people work together, they work better together.

You need skills to do the activity of birthing your baby.

Your partner needs the skills to help you cope and manage as you do the activity of birthing your baby.

Becoming skilled is the best way to have a balanced and strong partnership with the midwife you have chosen.