Holistic midwifery care is care that assesses and incorporates the needs of the pregnant woman, rather than merely focusing on her pregnancy. A midwife who is working holistically will be interested in a woman’s family, her health and medical history, her previous births, her emotional well being, any fears that she may have around birth and parenting, her work life, and her relationships. A midwife who is working holistically will tend to see women for longer appointments, around an hour each, so that there is plenty of time to get to know each other and for the woman to feel safe and comfortable and supported.
A midwife who works holistically believes in the mind-body connection. When we consider pregnancy and birth, a holistic midwife will understand that issues in life can impact a woman’s pregnancy, and s/he will recognise when fears, uncertainty and doubt are affecting a woman’s labour. The midwife works with the woman through her pregnancy and birth holistically to help the woman to birth naturally, safely and calmly.
Melissa Maimann is an eligible midwife in private practice in Sydney. One of the first eligible midwives in Australia, Melissa offers a range of care options for women. Visit Melissa's website to learn more about her services.