The first week of October is National Midwifery Week and we cannot think of a better way to honor our Certified Nurse Midwives than to let all of you know that Women’s Excellence has already embraced the same model of care endorsed by the March of Dimes. March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies and believes that every baby deserves the best possible start.
Recently the March of Dimes published a position statement and here are some of the highlights!
- March of Dimes believes that the approach and philosophy of midwifery, as described by the ICM, should be widely available as a choice for women. Midwifery care:
- Sees pregnancy and childbearing as usually normal physiological processes
- Promotes, protects and supports women’s human, reproductive and sexual health and rights and respects ethnic and cultural diversity
- Protects and enhances the health and social status of women and builds women’s self confidence in their ability to cope with childbirth
- Takes place in partnership with women, recognizing the right to self-determination; and is respectful, personalized, continuous and non-authoritarian
- Some studies have found that women with low- to moderate-risk pregnancies who receive midwifery care, or who have access to collaborative care that integrates midwives, are more likely to experience a low-intervention, spontaneous vaginal birth, more likely to be satisfied with their care and less likely to have a first cesarean delivery, thereby improving outcomes for subsequent births. Safely reducing primary cesarean delivery can play a role in reducing maternal morbidity in initial and future pregnancies.
- A 2018 study found that states that have done the most to integrate midwives into their health care systems, as measured by a composite scoring system, have better outcomes for mothers and babies. Integration of midwifery care was strongly associated with fewer interventions (significantly higher rates of spontaneous vaginal delivery, vaginal birth after cesarean and breastfeeding; and significantly lower rates of cesarean sections).
- March of Dimes supports efforts to expand access to midwifery care and further integrate midwives and their model of care into maternity care in all states. This can help improve access to maternity care providers in under-resourced areas, reduce interventions that contribute to risk of maternal mortality and morbidity in initial and subsequent pregnancies, lower costs, and potentially improve the health of mothers and babies
You can read the full statement here.
We are so proud of our team of Certified Nurse Midwives and their approach to obstetrical care. The Certified Nurse Midwives lead our mission to provide the best possible outcomes for you and your baby.
Please honor them this week and every week at your appointments by letting them know how much you appreciate them.