Monday, August 10, 2009

Midwifery Consultant and Doula

I just got some great news from a dear friend! She called me and uttered the two words I love to hear, "I'm pregnant!" Those two words take me back to my three pregnancies and how surprised yet satisfied I felt with my newfound accomplishment and the renewed trust I felt within my own body.

We spoke about her 'tailored to her needs arrangement' and we decided, after much consideration, that I would act as her prenatal midwife and then become her doula when she delivers in the hospital. Sounds like a wonderful melting of two professions...especially for those who wish to deliver in hospital and yet get treated like a queen during pregnancy!

As a homebirth midwife I want to give every woman the knowledge and subsequent empowerment that comes by making her own, informed decisions throughout her pregnancy and delivery. I am here to offer information, options, be a good listener and give good advice that will walk each woman down the path of bringing a new life into this world. This 'arrangement' that we have made excites me to all of it's possibilities! I can give her complete and thorough prenatal care and consulting, all the while she can also see an OB, and then I can accompany them through the labor and delivery of their baby too! I think this is the best of both worlds!

The thought of my dear friend and our new relationship makes me feel a little tingly inside! I find myself waiting at stoplights in my car and my thoughts will wander off and suddenly I'll remember the recent news and smile! This is what makes me truly joyful! I think I'll pick some sunflowers from my garden and bring them into my dining room table to celebrate! Summer is full of possibilites!

Keep following along for news of this modern, yet traditional path...


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BluePixo said...

Mothers should have their monthly check-up to ensure the health condition of the baby. Every mother must have enough and sufficient information about taking care of themselves during pregnancy. With such precaution health complication can be avoided.

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Lori Wrankle, Traditional Midwife said...

BluePixo, I couldn't agree more! I believe thorough prenatal care is the key to a healthy pregnancy and delivery! What I take issue with is the current practice in the medical field with OB's who spend only 5-10 mins. each month with their patient. As a midwife I spend an hour or more talking with my clients and we cover not only the physical aspects of pregnancy, but also the emotional. The midwifery model compared to the medical model of care are completely different and each woman should know what both are and choose which one they agree with more strongly and then choose their care provider accordingly. In this post I am referring to a mom who would like to do a little of both. Every woman gets to call her own shots and make her own choices to fit her needs. I am advocating for choice for moms and babies and believe in this work strongly. Thanks for reading and commenting! Your site looks like it has a wealth of knowledge.

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