Friday, February 03, 2006

Citizens For Midwifery

Citizens for Midwifery
So there are a lot of you that have visited my blog over the last few months....and some of you are clearly citizens for midwifery....so here is the site just for you. Join the community and support your local (or not so local!) midwife...


What is Citizens for Midwifery?

"Citizens for Midwifery is a non-profit, volunteer, grassroots organization. Founded by several mothers in 1996, it is the only national consumer-based group promoting the Midwives Model of Care...
The goal of Citizens for Midwifery is to see that the Midwives Model of Care is available to all childbearing women and universally recognized as the best kind of care for pregnancy and birth. Citizens for Midwifery also endorses the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative├é™.

If you are interested in maternity care that is ...

* Safe
* Respectful
* Family Centered
* Health Promoting
* Cost Effective

Then Citizens for Midwifery (CfM) has information and resources you need!
The key is the Midwives Model of Care

At the core of the Midwives Model of Care is deep respect for the normalcy of birth and for the uniqueness of each childbearing woman and her family. This approach to maternity care promotes health and helps to prevent complications. Care providers who practice this model of care have excellent outcomes while providing safe, individualized care.

Access to the Midwives Model of Care is severely limited or nonexistent in many places due to state laws and regulations, hospital policies, economic structures, and misinformation that prevent or discourage qualified caregivers from providing this kind of care.

Citizens for Midwifery works to change those factors that restrict the availability of the Midwives Model of Care.
The Midwives Model of Care

The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.

The Midwives Model of Care includes:

* Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
* Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
* Minimizing technological interventions
* Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section."

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