A Holistic Midwife's Role in Preparing a Family for Birthing

Interested in home birth, hospital birth or Medicare-funded private midwifery care? Questions or comments? Email Melissa Maimann or call 0400 418 448. The practice of midwifery takes a holistic approach to working with women before, during and after pregnancy. Midwives do not only guide a woman through childbirth, they incorporate the entire well-being of the mother into the services they provide.

The holistic approach extends to services for the whole family unit, including the baby, the father, previous children and anyone else playing a direct role in the mother's family and support system. A holistic approach to midwifery considers every aspect of the mother’s life instead of focusing only on birth.

Midwives Support the Woman

Midwives work with mothers to ensure her total well-being: physical, social, mental, emotional and psychological. Midwives provide women with education on conception, pregnancy, birth and postnatal and baby care.

Midwives provide counseling and support for women through all stages of the pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. The mother’s well-being is a high priority as it directly relates to the well-being of the baby.

Midwives Strengthen the Family System

Holistic midwives acknowledge and support the mother’s family system. They work with the family throughout the childbearing year to prepare the family for the pregnancy and birth, to ensure the family’s overall well-being, and to support the family in whatever services are needed. The midwife often provides education and counselling services to the entire family, based on the individual family’s needs.

The role of the midwife in taking a holistic approach is to include the entire immediate family and any other people directly involved in the mother’s support system. From a holistic perspective, if the mother’s family and supports systems are healthy and doing well, the mother’s and the baby's overall well-being is strengthened and enhanced.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 44