Updated: Jun 1
Deciding who will provide your care during pregnancy can be overwhelming. Although there are several possibilities, community-based midwifery care could be the better decision if you’re having a low-risk pregnancy. In addition, pregnant women can benefit from a personalized approach focusing on their physical and emotional requirements with midwifery care. Here are some reasons why expectant parents ought to give community-based midwifery care significant consideration.
Benefits of Community-Based Midwifery Care
Community-based midwifery care creates an individualized and holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth. It allows for more time spent with the midwife during each visit than other types of care may provide.
A midwife monitors a client’s physical, mental, and social health throughout the childbearing cycle. In addition, personalized prenatal care, counseling, education, hands-on support throughout labor and birth, and postpartum care are provided. As a result, technological interventions are minimized, and individuals who need obstetrical care are identified and referred. Additionally, research has found that community-based midwives have fewer cesarean births and fewer medical interventions than obstetricians.
The emphasis on holistic health also means the client gets more than just medical care when they choose this type of provider—they are provided with emotional support throughout pregnancy and into labor and birth. Midwives are experienced in supporting physiological labor and birth. They provide suggestions like movement, eating, drinking, and comfort measures such as massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy to help alleviate the discomforts during labor and delivery, which can lead to improved outcomes for both mother and baby.
Another great thing about community-based midwifery care is that it promotes continuity of care by often allowing the same care provider to handle all aspects of care—from prenatal visits to postpartum visits—which helps build trust between client and provider over time. In addition, having one person take care of the entire process can make it easier for new parents to ask questions or voice any concerns they may have throughout their pregnancy.
For expecting parents looking for comprehensive prenatal care with an emphasis on holistic health practices, quality health care that focuses on the physical well-being of mothers and babies, care for emotional and mental well-being, and a hands-off birthing approach, midwives specializing in community-based midwifery offer an excellent option.