Few women realise they have the option to choose a private midwife for their care. Pregnancy and childbirth is a highly personal and emotional experience. Feelings, hopes, fears and physical and practical needs can all affect your pregnancy and the birth of your baby. The standard of the medical care and support you receive, and your confidence in your health care professional, can directly impact on your health. Additionally, your chosen health professional impacts your state of mind and your success in achieving the birth you desire. Your choice of a care provider may well be the single most crucial decision you make as you embark on the road to an empowering and joyous birth. So why don’t you consider the option of choosing private midwifery care?
A Care Provider Who Stays With You
Research has shown that having a sympathetic and knowledgeable woman with you during labour and birth reduces the chance of complications and the likelihood of unnecessary interventions. Private Midwives provide complete care throughout your pregnancy and after your birth, including all antenatal and postnatal visits. Also, your private midwife can assist you to birth your baby at home, or accompany you during labour and birth in a hospital or birth centre.
Utilising the services of a private midwife throughout your pregnancy, birth, and postnatal period enables you to:
- Develop a rapport with your midwife and explain your needs and wishes
- Receive continuous and ongoing care throughout pregnancy
- Have your midwife with you throughout your labour and birth to advocate for your wishes and needs
- Receive independent advice and information on any procedures, medications or tests offered during your birth
- Access a backup obstetrician if needed
- Receive support for your baby’s first breastfeed after birth
- Avoid the insecurity of not knowing who will be caring for you during labour and birth and whether they will respect your wishes
Your Private Midwife will be there to care for and support you during your labour and birth and will stay with you until your baby has established breastfeeding and you are resting comfortably.
Lower Rate of Interventions if you choose a private midwife
Private midwives are highly skilled in normal birth and respect that each woman will labour and birth in their own time and way. Rather than being governed by statistics, staff shift rotations, or a timed plan of progression, your private midwife with listen to you and your body, and use her expertise and skills to support you in birthing your baby with as little intervention as possible.
Private midwives understand how one intervention can lead to and cause the next, and the next, creating what is sometimes called an intervention spiral. Your private midwife will provide you with accurate and considered advice about birth interventions, during your pregnancy, and be with you during your labour and birth to assist you in making decisions to help minimise the possibility of an intervention spiral.
Private midwives respect pregnancy and birth as they unfold uniquely for each woman. During your birth, your private midwife will draw on the knowledge she has developed about your needs and wishes, throughout your pregnancy, and work to ensure these are respected no matter where you give birth. Private midwives also understand that requirements and preferences can change. Your midwife will listen to you and offer you the freedom to do whatever helps you during labour and birth, patiently supporting and guiding you as needed.
Independent Information and Advice
Private midwives are experts in normal birth, equipped with a wealth of information and advice. Throughout your pregnancy, your private midwife will diligently explain all elements of your progress and provide you with information and advice to develop a birth plan that is right for you and your family.
Naturally, we all hope that our labour and birth will progress according to our birth plan. However, this is not always the case. By choosing the care of a private midwife, you can rest assured that, should an issue develop, your midwife will be at your side to discuss any procedures, medications or tests, and assist you in making an informed decision.