Women and Midwives Together is an initiative of the South Australian Branch of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM). It is dedicated to informing the Australian public about the incredible role midwives play in promoting and providing positive, safe and quality maternity care.
Did you know that the word midwife, literally means ‘with woman’?
Of course, there is much more than simply being ‘with woman’ included in a midwife’s role. Midwives provide care and support to women from early pregnancy, during birth and while they adjust to theirnew role as mothers. To do this well, a midwife must be highly educated and have the skills, knowledge and capabilities to be able to care for women and their babies to ensure safe, quality maternity outcomes; however, the term ‘with woman’ provides us with the essence at the true heart of midwifery. Being ‘with woman’ means that midwives place women at the centre of everything they do. Care is individually tailored to each woman and her unique situation.
The midwife is [...] a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births ont he midwife's own responsiblity and to provide care for the newborn and infant. [...] (International Confederation of Midwives - Definition of a midwife. Full definition here)
Why do you need a known midwife for your pregnancy and parenting journey?
Being cared for by, and able to build trust and rapport with, the same midwife during pregnancy (or even pre-conception), through labour and birth, and into the early weeks of mothering, has benefits for mothers, babies and society. In maternity care, knowing your midwife like this is known as continuity of care.
I was fortunate enough to have both of my children with midwifery-led care. Being supported by trained midwives, who validated my choices and gave advice where needed, gave me the confidence to birth my babies in a way that made me feel empowered.' Corinne (Mother)
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