God has uniquely designed a woman’s body to carry, nourish and give birth to her babies. Pregnancy and birth are normal and healthy experiences for most women.
Midwives are guardians of normal birth. Midwifery care is both an art and a science requiring sensitive, compassionate care for the needs of each women and her family as well as knowing how and when to intervene to promote safety. Any intervention should be rare, and decisions should be made in partnership with each woman
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.
JAMIE HINTON CPM, LM
Life oftentimes leads you in unexpected, but wonderful, directions! As a pregnant first time mom who taught 7th grade mathematics, I didn’t see myself giving birth any way other than by going the route of the standard American model of childbirth. I found an OBGYN, planned to birth in the hospital, and worried a little bit about how I would be able to manage the feat of birthing my baby. My husband was worried about how he would react to being in a hospital environment and was afraid of the thought of me having an epidural. He encouraged me to read about midwifery care and expressed his desire for us to use a midwife for the remainder of my care, and after some research, I agreed. What an unexpected and life changing decision!
CHRISTY MARTIN CPM, LM
Gentle, safe, joyful and miraculous; these are my desires for how you experience your birth! As your midwife I will work with you in providing prenatal care for your pursuit of a healthy pregnancy so that you can prepare for the birth that you desire. My love for working with families during this special time came about as I was completing my training as a nurse and attending both in hospital and out-of-hospital births. The dramatic difference I was seeing firsthand as I worked with a certified nurse-midwife helping families welcome their babies at home was amazing. These experiences provided me with a strong foundation for understanding pregnancy and birth as normal, healthy processes, with midwifery care being an excellent and safe option for women and their families.