Midwives at natural births

Visit my website to learn more about my services. Excerpted from "Tricks of the Trade," Midwifery Today, Issue 81

At birth:

  • Use low light
  • Do not disturb the mother with unnecessary interruptions. Limit talking
  • Have the mother choose the positions that are best for her
  • Make the mother central. Follow her lead and do what she needs or wants. Pay attention to her sounds, body language and expression to determine her needs.
  • Make sure the room is warm. If mom is comfortable she will birth more easily.
  • Comfort measures for the moms also help the baby. They are a unit.
  • This approach is very different to the philosophy and care that women receive in hospitals. I think the sort of care above has a lot to do with the inherent safety of home birth.

    Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448