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Topic: Midwife

  Midwifery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the 18th century, a division between surgeons and midwives arose as medical men began to assert that their modern scientific processes were better for mothers and infants than the folk-medical midwives.
By the onset of the 19th century, the majority of those babies born to persons of means had a surgeon involved.
To be a midwife is to be responsible for the woman for whom you are caring at all times, to know when to refer complications to medical staff, but also to act as the woman's advocate, to ensure that she retains some choice and control over her childbirth experience.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Midwife   (1206 words)

 The Homebirth Choice - by Jill Cohen and Marti Dorsey
This is a woman who has apprenticed with an experienced midwife and may have attended additional workshops and classes to supplement her education or she may have attended a school.
Throughout labor, the midwife asks permission to perform any procedure and explains to the mom and family what she is doing and why.
Under the guidance and assistance of the midwife, the opportunity is available for husbands or partners to "catch" their child as it is born.
www.midwiferytoday.com /articles/homebirthchoice.asp   (2893 words)

 Midwife Alliance
A midwife will visit the woman and her new baby within 24 hours and on at least 3 other occasions in the 2 weeks after the birth at either your home or in the hospital.
The backup (#2) midwife is called by the first midwife closer to the actual time of the birth so that there are two midwives at each birth for both home and hospital deliveries.
While the midwife is entirely responsible for primary care throughout the course of care, a Second Attendant is an assistant to the midwife during the birth and the immediate postpartum period.
muchmoreinfo.homestead.com   (2732 words)

 The following article is from a special issue of Helios entitled "Rescuing Creusa: New Methodological Approaches to ...
As the cervix begins to dilate, the midwife is to encourage the process of dilation by gently rubbing the opening with her left forefinger (with its nail cut short); the finger is to be generously smeared with olive oil.
One of the midwife's duties was to instruct the mother on proper breathing and on how to push downwards during a contraction.(47) The assistants who stood by the sides of the chair were to assist in delivery by gently pushing downwards on the parturient's abdomen.
Without a system of prenatal care, the midwife would have to rely on the mother's determination of her health and length of pregnancy; such determinations were, no doubt, often in error.
www.indiana.edu /~ancmed/midwife.HTM   (5983 words)

 Midwifery Schools Q&A
A midwife is an expert in normal birth and is recognized throughout the world as the most appropriate maternity care provider for most women.
The midwife strives to support the woman in ways that empower her to achieve her own goals and hopes for her pregnancy, birth and baby, and for her role as mother.
An aspiring midwife needs to examine all of the differences between nurse-midwifery and direct-entry midwifery before settling on the appropriate route of entry for her or himself.
www.naturalhealers.com /qa/midwifery.html   (2083 words)

 midwife assistant - Midwifery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
midwife assistant - All midwives are independent practitioners in their own right, but most are employed by the NHS and work closely with either a general practice or a hospital.
midwife prenatal care - Pampers.com information on birth themes - caesarean, midwife, postpartum, midwife prenatal care Birth, or childbirth, is the process of bringing forth a child from the uterus....
midwife supplies - Pampers.com information on birth themes - caesarean, midwife, postpartum, midwife supplies Birth, or childbirth, is the process of bringing forth a child from the uterus.
births.pregnancy-pampers.co.uk /midwifery   (1733 words)

 Introduction to Midwifery
A midwife is a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational programme, duly recognized in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practise midwifery.
She must be able to give the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct deliveries on her own responsibility and to care for the newborn and the infant.
Direct comparisons of care given by a qualified midwife with medical back-up with medical or shared care show that midwifery care was associated with a reduction in a range of adverse psycho- social outcomes in pregnancy, and with reductions in the use of acceleration of labor, regional analgesia/anesthesia, operative vaginal delivery, and episiotomy.
www.efn.org /~djz/birth/midwifefaq/intro.html   (1568 words)

 Infobank Judengasse
A gravestone dating from 1384 refers to Guta, the "worthy midwife", and in 1431 there is a reference to a midwife who was the wife of Natan.
The midwife was employed by the Jewish community and was appointed by the "master builders".
Brendlin, widow of Kalmann, was appointed midwife in 1656 and paid 6 imperial talers a year for her work with poor womenfolk.
www.judengasse.de /ehtml/B011.htm   (217 words)

 Salon.com Health | Cytotec: Dangerous experiment or panacea?
The midwife monitoring her labor noticed that the baby's heart rate had dived from a normal 130-140 beats to a frightening 40 beats per minute.
The midwife assured her that her blood loss was not enough to warrant a doctor's presence.
Later, realizing that Holly was bleeding excessively, the midwife removed several huge clots from her vagina, gave her medication to stop the bleeding and left her in the care of nurses.
www.salon.com /health/feature/2000/07/11/cytotec/print.html   (3018 words)

An emergency action plan to breed midwife toads in captivity and return their offspring to the wild has helped to brighten the outlook for this diminutive amphibian.
Not so with the Mallorcan midwife toad — when this species was first discovered in 1977 the toad that was found was very, very dead, preserved only as a fossil.
Armed not with sun cream and swimsuits, but with a rather more precious cargo, she has fond memories of standing in the check-in queue for her flights, wondering what the happy holidaymakers surrounding her would think if they knew what was contained in the seemingly ordinary cool boxes she was carrying.
www.durrellwildlife.org /index.cfm?p=60   (854 words)

 Choosing a Midwife   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Clients will have many prenatal visits with their midwife, which provide the opportunity for the family to get to know the midwife and for the midwife to answer any of their questions or concerns.
Certified Midwife: A midwife who has generally passed both oral and written tests to be certified by her state or midwifery organization.
Usually a midwife will continue to check in on her client and her family for up to six weeks, although some are available for a much longer period.
www.womenshealth.org /a/midwives_info.htm   (661 words)

 Homestead Natural Birth - Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Education in Oregon. Flowers and gifts. Midwives.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The verses further note that as the mother was delivering twins, the midwife was surprised to find the second baby move past the first baby's arm, to be born in a breech presentation.
While we hear of the case of a California midwife, which presents unresolved questions due to the death of a newborn infant "after the mother was injected with a labor-inducing drug" -- other questions loom great.
Happily requesting a natural birthing room and a midwife (but not getting either), all we saw were people who suddenly began talking rapidly and loudly to each other in front of us.
www.thebirth.org   (3904 words)

 Nurse Midwife
A nurse midwife wants to offer support, an experienced eye to pick up on anything out of the ordinary, a shoulder to lean on, knowledge that will assist you to make good decisions and give birth effectively and beautifully, and a friendly ear to listen as you share your feelings and wishes.
A nurse midwife cannot handle some of the problems that may occur during pregnancy, labor and birth.
The midwife must be a healer as well as a facilitator.
www.houstonnaturalbirth.com /nurse-midwife/nursemidwife.shtml   (566 words)

 Midwife, Midwives & Midwifery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The current attempts to pigeonhole a midwife as this or that is unaccpetable to this midwife, as are the many perjoratives that are offered regarding a midwifes training........ie.
The letters behind a midwifes name DO NOT define her to a larger popluation, they merely define her within and to a small circle of those who are similarly lettered, and maybe not even then.
The educational route of a midwife does not define her, except to help her maintain a standard of training that qualifies her as midwife within her chosen sphere.
members.aol.com /Midgewife/byanyothername.html   (1454 words)

 Midwife education
The various paths of midwife education offer something different for everyone depending on what type of midwife you want to be.
Another possibility is having a local midwife help you with the practical part of your education while you gain valuable midwifery knowledge through a distance education format.
Becoming a lay midwife is significantly cheaper than the nursing route and will also be a quicker path to being a midwife.
il.essortment.com /midwifeeducatio_rapz.htm   (531 words)

 Choosing a certified nurse-midwife
Feel free to ask your midwife about her consulting physician; you may want to meet him or her at some point before your due date.
Even if your midwife does need to call in a doctor to help with or handle your care, she'll probably continue to be involved and provide support and care throughout the birth and postpartum.
Choose your midwife as carefully as you'd choose a physician.
www.babycenter.com /refcap/322.html   (1376 words)

 Midwife information: Lay Vs. Certified Nurse
A lay midwife, also called direct-entry midwife in some places, typically does not have a nursing degree and acquires training through an apprenticeship with another midwife.
A midwife in a solo practice is always on call and that isn't as big of a concern.
Either option of midwife has its pros and cons and which you choose really depends on the birth experience you are seeking.
vtvt.essortment.com /practisingmidwi_rask.htm   (472 words)

 Midwife Education   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Through small group discussions, students will be oriented to the midwife's role and the philosophy of practice in Ontario.
This sixteen week clinical course is a continuation of clinical practice under the supervision of a midwife preceptor.
The student will be expected to provide primary care in the full role of primary midwife in all phases of childbirth care in all settings and should plan care and make clinical decisions under the supervision of a registered.
www.midwives.on.ca /education.html   (447 words)

 BabiesDirect: pregnancy , pregnancies , babies , baby information , trimesters , prenatal - Pregnancy - Midwife - USA ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Obtaining hospital privileges in the United States is a critical element in a midwife's ability to practice and use the resources found within the hospital, such as the lab, radiology and the emergency room.
The midwife without privileges would need to go through a physician or other provider to get an ultrasound ordered, and the results would go to the physician, not the midwife.
She was an unlicensed midwife who became a RN at 35 and then a CNM.
kidsdirect.net /BD/pregnancy/midwife-faq.htm   (3090 words)

 What is a Midwife? - WomensHealthChannel
A midwife attends childbirth, provides support during labor and delivery, and supervises the general care of women and children directly after birth.
The term midwife, meaning "with a woman," was first recorded in 1300.
Communication between midwife and the pregnant woman is emphasized, and midwives focus on working with the woman to reduce the risk for complications during childbirth.
www.womenshealthchannel.com /midwife.shtml   (994 words)

 What is a midwife?
A midwife is a specialist who is qualified to give total care to a woman and her baby during pregnancy, labour and after the baby is born.
The midwife does not have to call in a doctor unless there is a potential or actual problem which requires medical assistance.
A midwife is able to recognise any potential or actual problem which may arise, and is legally obliged to consult with a medical colleague in these cases.
www.radmid.demon.co.uk /whatis.htm   (569 words)

 Finding a Midwife
In the simplest terms, a midwife is a knowledgeable and experienced person (usually a woman) who helps a woman have a healthy, normal pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.
A good midwife does this by offering education, counseling and support before, during and after the baby is born, by not interfering unnecessarily with the birth process, and by getting appropriate medical attention for mother or baby if it should be needed.
A midwife who provides the Midwives Model of Care offers the kind of thorough, respectful, woman-centered care that is described in the Midwives Model of Care brochure.
www.cfmidwifery.org /find   (1247 words)

 History of Midwifery in the US
Mary Breckinridge was so committed to the concept of nurse-midwifery that she herself attended nurses' "training" and was then educated as a midwife in Britain.
In November of 1995, the Public Citizen's Health Research Group reported that women cared for by nurse-midwives (who were of low risk as well as some moderate and high risk status based on practice site) were half as likely to have a Cesarean section for birth.
Consumers first became acquainted with nurse-midwifery as articles on the rebirth of the midwife appeared in popular magazines such as Time and Life in the 1970s.
www3.utsouthwestern.edu /midwifery/mdwfhsus.html   (1976 words)

 midwife's muse: My home page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
They have a midwife who stays for as long as is needed.
She is not running from one room to another, clock-watching, aware that doctors are waiting outside to call 'time' if they consider progress has been too slow.
Most people don't realise that a midwife is, or should be, an autonomous practitioner.
www.20six.co.uk /midwifemuse   (1546 words)

In the Netherlands, a midwife is an expert in normal pregnancies, giving birth and postnatal care.
If you have any complaints, she will tell you whether these are normal complaints in pregnancy or whether you need to be examined by a general practitioner or gynaecologist.
If the midwife notices any irregularities or complications during the pregnancy, she will consult a gynaecologist.
www.xs4all.nl /~iyoyod/Midwife.htm   (1871 words)

I went out searching for a midwife and found a chiropractor doctor who delivered babies in his clinic or at the client's home.
Each midwife had their own special gift and I grew from each birthing experience.
The midwife that I related the best with was of course the midwife which had the same belief system.
www.angelfire.com /az/Christianmidwife   (243 words)

 Gentle Birth - Maggie Bennett, CPM: a senior midwife providing home birth care in Monterey County, California
Choosing home birth with a midwife gives a woman the freedom to birth safely and naturally in the warmth and comfort of her home surrounded by the people she loves.
Senior Midwife Maggie Bennett is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and has attended hundreds of births with families in Monterey County, California over the last 25 years.
She is the longest practicing homebirth midwife in our community.
www.gentlebirth.net   (116 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: The Midwife's Apprentice (rpkg) (Trophy Newbery)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The midwife is described as being an envious/jealous type who cannot abide the notion of having a rival.
There are some touchy moments (the near rape of Beetle by drunken boys, the midwife's affair with the baker, the well described births) that might make the squeamish (or their parents) uncomfortable.
Jane the midwife can use Alyce for hard labor, and pay her with meager portions of food and a roof over her head.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/006440630X?v=glance   (1773 words)

 State by State Midwife Directory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Christina is a Florida Licensed Midwife and is nationally certified as a Certified Professional Midwife.
The goal I have always had is to provide expectant parents with personal prenatal care in a relaxed setting, exceptional and experienced labor and delivery assistance, and newborn and postpartum care in the comfortable environment of your home.
The decision to have a home or water birth, to select a physician or a midwife, to have your baby at home or in a hospital setting, is still a private decision made between client and/or doctor or midwife.
www.123gold.com /midwife   (1725 words)

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