When it comes to prenatal and postnatal care, many people are turning to midwives for a more personalized and holistic approach to their healthcare needs. Midwifery care offers a range of benefits, from providing emotional and psychological support to promoting natural childbirth and reducing the risk of complications. In this article, we will explore some of the top benefits of midwifery care.
Decreased Labor Induction Rate
Labor induction is the process of artificially initiating labor through medical interventions such as the use of synthetic oxytocin or prostaglandins. Labor induction is sometimes necessary for medical reasons, but it can also increase the risk of complications and lead to a more difficult and prolonged labor.
According to studies, people who receive prenatal care from a midwife are less likely to need a labor induction. Midwives typically take a more holistic and natural approach to childbirth, focusing on the body’s biological processes and supporting both physical and emotional well-being throughout pregnancy and childbirth.
In addition to labor support, pain management techniques, and alternative methods of inducing labor like walking, massage, and hydrotherapy, midwives offer individualized care and support. Midwives are also trained to recognize signs of complications and provide appropriate medical interventions when necessary.
Reduced Risk of Episiotomy As Well As Tearing at Birth
To widen the birth canal and ease delivery, a surgical cut called an episiotomy is made in the region between the vagina and the anus. While episiotomies were once routinely performed during childbirth, they are now generally considered unnecessary in most cases and can lead to increased pain, discomfort, and recovery time for the mother. Midwives are trained to provide individualized care and support during childbirth, including alternative methods for promoting labor and delivery that can help reduce the risk of an episiotomy.
Decreased Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality Rate
Preterm birth, which occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is one of the leading causes of infant mortality and can also affect the child’s long-term health. A lower rate of preterm births and infant mortality can be achieved by identifying and addressing risk factors for preterm birth with the aid of midwife care.
The holistic and natural approach that midwives use to promote maternal and fetal health provides individualized care and support throughout pregnancy and childbirth. This may involve regular fetal development monitoring and assessment, as well as education and counseling on healthy lifestyle practices like appropriate nutrition, exercise, and stress management.
Consider midwifery care if you are looking for a personalized and holistic approach to your prenatal and postnatal care. At Northwest Women’s Clinic, our team of experienced midwives can provide comprehensive care and support for you and your baby. Contact us today at (503) 416-9922 to learn more about our midwifery care services and schedule an appointment.