We follow the woman-centered, non-hierarchical Midwives Model of Care in our work as doulas.
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. See the Citizens for Midwifery Web site for more information.
We have worked with many midwives who catch babies in our areas, at hospitals and at home.
If you are not familiar with midwives, watch the quick video below, “Midwifery Mythbusters”!