What is a Midwife? A person, traditionally a woman, who takes care of women when they are pregnant and giving birth. This was one of the first professions mentioned in the Bible and has been on-going throughout history. The medical obstetrical profession has been developed to manage the complications that may arise during reproduction. But in the overall perspective, since reproduction is a natural function of the body, the majority of women have no, or few, complications and can be in the care of midwives.
Midwifery is the practice of: Providing the necessary supervision, care, and advice to a woman during normal pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period; Conducting a normal delivery of a child; and Providing normal newborn care.
Normal usually means: Circumstances under which a midwife has determined that a client is at low risk of developing complications.
Midwifery guidelines provide specific guidance on whether a client is "at low risk for developing complications". The World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that the majority (more than 75%) of women should be able to carry on through pregnancy and birth without developing complications. Midwives are taught how to discern the women having a normal pregnancy from the ones with a higher risk of developing complications.
Many states in the USA have legalized, or rather, continued to recognize midwifery as one of the best maternity care providers for women!
Nations Midwifery and Midwife York aim to provide pregnant women with respectful, individualized, woman-centered care at every contact, with implementation of effective clinical practices (interventions and tests), and provision of relevant and timely information, and psychosocial and emotional support, with good clinical and interpersonal skills. We follow the state and national guidelines, as well as the World Health Organization's model of care for a positive pregnancy experience!