My main goal is to work alongside women and their partners, supporting them to have a safe and positive childbirth experience (Midwifery 2020, 2010; Maternity Care Working Party (MCWP), 2007), respecting their autonomy to take decisions (Page, 2008), as active members of the birth team (Thompson, 2010, Porter et al, 2007), recognizing their values and beliefs in order to meet their goals and needs (Jones, 2005) and increase their satisfaction. This means helping women to tke responsability for their own well-being and their own decisions (Brodrick, 2014; Dahlberg and Aune, 2013; Howarth et al, 2011). As a midwife, it involves understanding childbirth physiology thoroughly to recognise complications and avoid over-diagnosis(Mead, 2008; Bromley, 2007).
As a midwife, I focus most of my work on taking care of every childbearing woman’s basic needs during labour and birth, protecting her environment in order to promote the endogenous production of oxytocin and the correct hormonal balance of birth. I am aware of the power influence that I can exert during the childbirth, adapting the environment to avoid fear and promote security and warmth (Patterson, 2016; Dahlberg and Aune, 2013; Hammond et al, 2013; Leap et al, 2010; Paradice, 2002; Anderson, 2000) and I strive to help the mother to regain HER Birth Territory: a safe environment, with undisturbed physiology under the woman’s power (Fahy, 2008). An intimate environment to allow women feel safer and more comfortable (Vargens et al, 2013).
I am also aware of the potential analgesic properties of being with the woman (Paradice, 2002) and work to enhance them, through continuous one-to-one care, creating an ongoing relationship of mutual trust, to reduce stress to mother and foetus (Bohren et al, 2017; Foureur, 2008; Kightley, 2007; Dick-Read, 2004; Edwards, 2000) and reducing the need for medical interventions (Hutton et al, 2016; Wiegerinck et al, 2015; Cheyney et al, 2014; Lida et al, 2014; Offerhaus et al, 2014).
What do I offer as a birth professional?
I offer two different services:
Complete Home Birth care
Support During Labour at home for women who then prefer to give birth in a hospital