Eagerly yearning to have a positive impact on health standards in my community has compelled me towards studying Midwifery. I believe there’s nothing more remarkable than understanding how a woman’s body functions during their pregnancy. Broadening my horizon and developing my understanding about how midwives specialise in nurturing a pregnant woman and her baby from early postnatal periods, pregnancy and birth. However what intrigues me the most is having the privilege of forming a relationship with mother whilst being pregnant. Another appeal is that midwives are essential in preparing women for motherhood by providing around the clock support and educating both parents and family, to help them make informed decisions about their new-born
When Sarah was out of the bed and standing her whole attitude changed, she was more comfortable and relaxed. Sarah went on to give birth on her hands and knees, there were no complications and the perineum was intact. The student felt that through the use of different positions, listening and observing, she had empowered Sarah to have a normal birth. The two specific topics the author will analyse are positions in labour and the role the midwife plays in facilitating choice.
Some women experience birth as a very sacred, spiritual, deeply healing, and transforming experience in their life; while some women experience birth as traumatic. Still, other women do not experience birth with any spiritual or emotional significance. There are many reasons for these various experiences, which have been covered extensively in other studies and articles. Some of those reasons are personal beliefs about birth held by the woman due to religious and cultural influences, and any personal experiences surrounding birth; the woman’s support system during birth, and the trust that the birthing woman and that of her birth team have in a woman’s body to birth, baby to know how to be born, and the birth process itself (Hatsun 2007). Women’s experiences of childbirth have changed significantly in the past few years in the developing countries like India. Deliveries used to take place only in home setups and anganwadis in olden days, but now it is occurring in private specialist hospitals by experienced nurses in the field of obstetrics. So there arises a increased alienation from the familiar environment and familiar persons (Swarna s, 2006)
For hundred of years, women have wrestled with their womanhood, bodies, and what it means to be a woman in our society. Being a woman comes with a wonderful and empowering responsibility--giving birth. What sets us aside from other countries is that the process and expectations of giving birth has changed in our society; coming from midwifery, as it has always been since the early times, to hospitals where it is now expected to give birth at. Midwifery was a common practice in delivering babies in
There were numerous powerful testimonies and striking findings noted throughout the and first two chapters of the book Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin. As a health care provider, and therefore someone who is entrusted to care for individuals during their most private and sacred times, I found Gaskin’s statements regarding the environment and care surrounding birth experiences very impactful. According to Gaskin (2011), the “women’s perceptions about their bodies and their babies’ capabilities will be deeply influenced by the care they recieve around the time of birth” (p. 22). The statements made by Gaskin in Birth Matters not only ring true, but inspires one
Childbirth is one of the greatest privileges on the earth anyone could have and we, as women, should feel proud to be major contributors for it. Thus, a mother has to play a key role in aiding the healthcare workers to mitigate the health crisis associated with childbirth by performing her duties faithfully. One such associated health crisis is “Premature (preterm) birth” which occurs when the baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of gestational period (CDC, 2015). The rate of preterm birth ranges from 5% to 18% of babies born across 184 countries (WHO, 2015).
Public health is defined by the World Health Organisation as ‘all organised measures to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole’ (WHO, 2015). Within this role of public health, the midwife has an essential role. They are in the best position to be able to guide
Giving birth to a baby is the most amazing and miraculous experiences for parents and their loved ones. Every woman’s birth story is different and full of joy. Furthermore, the process from the moment a woman knows that she’s pregnant to being in the delivering room is very critical to both her and the newborn baby. Prenatal care is extremely important and it can impact greatly the quality of life of the baby. In this paper, the topic of giving birth will be discussed thoroughly by describing the stories of two mothers who gave birth in different decades and see how their prenatal cares are different from each other with correlation of the advancement of modern medicine between four decades.
Prior to entering this class, I had a limited awareness of prenatal and early developmental characteristics of a person. While the population I prefer working amongst are those in adolescence through early adulthood years, I have come to find prenatal care to be a huge factor in determining and relating to this population later in life. This class has not only increased my knowledge of early development but has increased my awareness and sheer fascination behind the importance of the level of care received by a person in their mother’s womb, especially when it involves how they succeed in later stages of life.
In the simplest terms, a midwife is someone, traditionally female, who assists women in childbirth. Yet, a midwife is much more than an assistant in the process of labor, but a strong, wise woman, capable of holding the lives of the mother and child. Throughout history, women have assisted each other through pregnancy and delivery. It was not until the discovery of new germ theories and the development of biomedicine that traditional midwifery has been pushed to the side. However, despite wishes of allopathic doctors, midwives have stood strong and remained present worldwide.
The birthing process is a commonly known, world-wide event, whether you are in the United States or in a different country. Everyone differs with their processes and customs throughout birth. Some women seek medical attention to help with their birth, as others tend to do it on their own with no help. With research we are able to learn, understand, and compare this beautiful aspect of life between different cultures.
In order to have a normal birth, both the mother and the child need to prepare for birth. The mother needs to acquire knowledge regarding what to expect, information about the baby and its special care and attention. Both need to prepare themselves with time, so that at the end of pregnancy the mother just has to sit unstressfully for the baby to arrive. The child start preparing his departure from the mother’s womb by the end of the seventh month. The child starts protecting his body from external viruses and microbes by accumulating antibodies from the mother. Also he starts absorbing extra iron, because he knows that the mother’s milk lacks iron needed for the production of red blood cells. The child rotates his body, locating his head towards the birth canal. And the baby starts accumulating fat under his skin, preparing his body for life in the external
This essay will first describe partnership and how a midwife working in the continuity of care model develops and maintains it. Secondly, this essay will describe what a postnatal abdominal palpation is, why it is done and what the outcomes may be. It will also describe the anatomy and physiology of a uterus and involution. Lastly, a description of how the assessment is conducted and how during this partnership and cultural safety is maintained by the midwife.
Being a midwife refers to a profession where the midwife would work in partnership with the women throughout her pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period. Not only is being a midwife women-centred, however, their role also includes ensuring the partner and family members are prepared and aware of the process. Within a women’s health, the midwife should focus on health, family planning, nutrition, domestic and other health issues as the main priority is the