BirthWays follows the Midwives Model of Care which is a fundamentally different approach to childbirth. The Midwives Model is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal, healthy events in a woman’s life. It recognizes that women have the right to seek care that is safe and addresses individual needs. Midwifery care emphasizes education providing women with the information they need to make informed decisions about their health care. It has been proven that this model of care results in less complications, fewer interventions, and healthier births for mothers and babies.

Midwives have been attending women during pregnancy and birth since the beginning of time. Traditionally, the midwife was another mother within the community who not only tended to childbirth, but also tended to all aspects of health care.

One of the most significant aspects of midwifery care is the relationship that forms between the mother and midwife. All visits are at least a 1/2 hour long providing you with time to discuss your questions, concerns and desires. Your children and family are an integral part of your life and they are encouraged and welcome to be at your visits to ask their own questions and to witness the miracle of your baby's growth.

Your first two appointments will include a medical history, a physical exam, and a nutritional analysis. These first two visits are thorough and usually take 1 hour each. All future prenatal exams will last 30-45 minutes and includes checking your blood pressure, urinalysis, fundal height measurement (measuring the growth of your baby), gently feeling your baby's position through your tummy, and listening to your baby's heartbeat.

Your prenatal care will be monthly until 28 weeks of pregnancy, then every two weeks until the 36th week (the midwife comes to your home for this visit if you're planning a homebirth) followed by weekly visits until your baby is born. Having a baby is a very special time in a family's life and the Birthways Family Midwives feel privileged to be a part of this special event!

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