The cornerstone of midwifery is service. A midwife is in service to her clients while also demonstrating the quiet power of leadership. When selecting a Certified Professional Midwife to attend to your care, you want someone who takes the time to build relationship, share their knowledge thoughtfully and helpfully, as well as guide you through the process with empathy and compassion while protecting you and your baby. It is a role that takes dedication, sacrifice, and strength of conviction.
You can expect your midwife to be available to answer questions, provide information about options, be proactive about your care, and genuinely concerned with your experience. Homebirth midwifery care is based on the Midwifery Model of Care, which affirms that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The application of this model has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and surgical delivery. A close working relationship with your midwife can help you have the birth experience you desire; one that is safe, natural, peaceful, and personal. Though you are responsible for your choices during the childbearing year, a midwife should be willing to work together as a team toward the ultimate goals of a healthy baby, a healthy mother, and a healthy relationship between the two.