It’s spring, the flowers are blooming and so is I am a Midwife! Midwives Alliance of North America presents the new sneak peek, “Every Woman Deserves a Midwife!” enjoy!
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I am a Midwife is a new public education campaign by the Midwives Alliance of North America http://mana.org/
IAAM presents a series of short videos featuring a diverse selection of midwives, practicing in different settings across the US and Canada, serving a variety of communities and speaking about a range of topics.
IAAM is meant to change the discourse about childbirth in the US–from fear to empowerment! IAAM is for potential consumers of midwifery, aspirant midwives and those engaged in the public discussion about transforming our system of maternity care in the US, including, of course, midwives!
Filmed, edited and co-produced by Nicolle Littrell of Woman in the Moon Films http://www.youtube.com/user/womaninthemoonfilms
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I am a Midwife includes an excerpt from “I Love Being a Midwife,” adapted by visionary and activist, Dr. Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative and a Midwife, and presented it as gift to the Black Midwives and Healers of International Center for Traditional Childbearing http://www.ictcmidwives.org/
ICTC members have taught the song to MANA and other birth worker organizations, and the song has spread far and wide across the midwifery and birthing communities
Some healthcare trivia: In the United States, what is the No. 1 reason people are admitted to the hospital? Not diabetes, not heart attack, not stroke. The answer is something that isn’t even a disease: childbirth.
Not only is childbirth the most common reason for a hospital stay — more than 4 million American women give birth each year — it costs the country far more than any other health condition. Six of the 15 most frequent hospital procedures billed to private insurers and Medicaid are maternity-related. The nation’s maternity bill totaled $86 billion in 2006, nearly half of which was picked up by taxpayers.
Care with a modern midwife is truly an art form – combining the guiding, healing hands of one’s most trusted advisor and nurturer with today’s knowledge, science and medicine. This fusion is what sets midwives apart from most doctors.
A midwife’s care is based on the idea that the woman is the central decision maker in matters regarding her birth and her child. Midwives respond to mothers as a caring and collaborative partner, highly trained to work with each unique situation individually. Her goal is the health and well being of mother and baby. She has the resources, wisdom and professional training to safely guide the journey of pregnancy.
A qualified midwife provides comprehensive prenatal care, guides labor and birth, and cares for newborns. However, her unique value is revealed as she connects with a woman and her family to offer a deeper level of care. During pre and postnatal visits that are three to ten times longer than standard doctor visits, the midwife listens to what is needed at each step of the process. She can then offer appropriate information, physical, emotional or clinical support, and options.
The safety and benefits of midwife care have been proven again and again in countries across the world. World Health Organization statistics show that births attended by midwives have lower infection rates, lower C-section rates, fewer complications, and healthier outcomes – thus, lower overall medical costs – than physician-attended hospital births. In addition, there is no difference in infant mortality between midwife-attended and physician-attended births for low-risk women. Countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, and New Zealand, which have the best birth outcome statistics in the world, use midwives as their main maternity care providers.