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What Exactly Does a Midwife Do?

AS A MIDWIFE, I AM OFTEN ASKED WHAT EXACTLY IT IS THAT I DO?

Although the percentage is rising, only 10% of births in the United States are attended by midwives, so it’s not unusual to find myself explaining my profession. The term “midwife” is from Middle English and translates to “with (mid) woman (wife)” meaning a woman supporting a woman, and the vast majority of modern day midwives are still women.

Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. Midwifery is a woman-centered empowering model of maternity care.

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