Before opening Acu Releaf, I had the privilege of working at Community Birth Program, an amazing midwifery clinic in Surrey where I learned so much about midwifery, prenatal and postpartum care. When I say, “learned so much” I really mean it. Prior to working at Community Birth I had very little knowledge about midwives and what they do (I am sure I am NOT the only one).
After more then two and a half years, I am still in awe at the midwifery profession. I realized all these midwives I worked with have similar personalities. They are all caring, patient, professional, and have the biggest hearts. At the same time, they are competent and knowledgable and know how to really get things done, in the right way for the best interest of their patients. I’ve seen them deal with unfortunate situations such as difficult and unsuccessful pregnancies, from miscarriages to stillbirths. Every time they will deal with those situations with such grace, compassion, and courage. I don’t know about you but these are the traits I look for in a health care provider. These are also traits I look up to and strive for in my own practice.
Like everything in parenting the choice to see a midwife or doctor is a personal decision. There is no right or wrong answer, the key is to find someone who you are comfortable with. However, how do you know if you want a midwife or doctor if you don’t know what midwives do? Everybody already knows what doctors do, right?
Here are some facts you need to know about midwives:
Offer prenatal, postpartum care to healthy pregnant patients & newborn care up until 6 weeks postpartum
Provide care during pregnancy, labour, delivery, and postpartum (yes, they deliver babies)
6 weeks postpartum care include breast feeding guidance and support with adjustment to life with new baby
Consistently see patients every 4 weeks up until 32 weeks, every 2 weeks up until 38 weeks, and every week up until delivery (home visits are an option after delivery)
30-40 minute appointments, which gives midwives plenty of time to communicate and care for their patients
Order and interpret test reports for physical, psychological, emotional, and social health
Also order lab tests, prenatal screening, ultrasounds for both patients and newborns
Order medications during pregnancy and labour (yes, this includes emergency pain medications)
Offer home and hospital delivery
Work with other health care professionals (will send referral to doctors- such as OB, paediatricians if absolutely needed)
Offer plenty of resources to help support patients (ex. acupuncturist, naturopathic physicians, doulas, massage therapist, and much more)
Did I mention they offer 24/7 contact for emergencies?
Bringing a baby into this world is such a beautiful journey. It is important to keep your options open and see what our health care system has to offer. Its hard to believe just two and a half years ago I had such little knowledge about midwives. Now, I believe midwives are best way to go when you’re expecting a baby.