|The midwifery model of care focuses on monitoring the physical, psychological and social health of a mother before, during and after pregnancy.|
Midwife Lynne Salzburg prepares a "home-birth bag," complete with
tools and instruments used for delivering babies at home. The bag
includes clamps for an umbilical cord, a bulb syringe, several pairs of
hemostats and scissors, an oxygen tank, a resuscitation mask and
hooks for breaking water.
What is a midwife?
Midwives educate and counsel the mother and provide continuous, hands-on assistance during labor and delivery. Midwives support minimal technological intervention during the childbearing process and identify and refer women who require a physician’s attention.1
Several types of midwives operate around the world, but the most common in the United States are nurse-midwives, direct-entry midwives and lay midwives.
1 Dower CM, Miller JE, O'Neil EH and the Taskforce on Midwifery. Charting a Course for the 21st Century: The Future of Midwifery. San Francisco, CA: Pew Health Professions Commission and the UCSF Center for the Health Professions. April 1999. pp 4, 6, 7.
2 Rooks, Judith Pence. Midwifery and Childbirth in America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997. pp 7-8.
Images and words © Copyright 2000 Molly Van Wagner
Last revised: 4.20.2000