The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
written by Susan Oshel, CPM LM in Virginia, practicing for 30 years
Susan acknowledges that some phrases are catch phrases from well-known midwifery advocates.
Thanks to all the midwives and student midwives who sacrifice so much to make normal births in all settings available to moms and babies and families!! Thank-you for your wonderful open hearts, loving and caring hands. Thanks to all doc's and Ob's who struggle inside the system to serve following the Midwives Model of Care.
The Midwives Model of Care includes:
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
Midwives take a fundamentally different approach to prenatal care and labor and delivery from the more common medical model usually practiced by doctors. They create a partnership of care with the pregnant woman, providing information and recommendations, fostering respect and trust, minimizing interventions and referring women to obstetrical care when needed.
When asked what kind of a birth they want, many women will say they
want to have one “as naturally as possible.” Midwives allow women the best
chance to meet that goal.
Midwives also show respect for the birth process and the birthing woman. You will have the freedom to move about and eat and drink as you wish. Your midwife will not “allow” or “prohibit” anything, although if you are giving birth in a hospital setting you both may be restricted by its policies.
"In all cultures, the midwife's place is on the threshold of life, where
intense human emotions, fear, hope, longing, triumph, and incredible physical
power enable a new human being to emerge. Her vocation is unique."
Wishing all my sister midwives a wonderful day of love and devotion.
Much Love, Susan
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