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The midwifery model of care and the medical model of care are two very different ways of looking at birth.  They both hold a set of theories and beliefs that inform care during birth.  This video discusses those differences for women who are wanting to know and understand them.

The obstetric model of care is what we normally experience in our culture right now, so I’ll delve more into the concept of the midwifery model of care utilizing a presentation given by the American College of Nurse-Midwives called The Pearls of Midwifery.


1:06 capacity to give birth that this is something they will remember for their whole life
1:32 birth as a normal physiological phenomenon for the vast majority of women
1:48 normal birth as defined by the world health organization isn’t really the norm for American women
2:07 childbirth is treated as an illness

2:16 heavily influenced by cultural beliefs

2:56 does not always provide benefits to women who don’t need those interventions

3:29 we underuse many interventions that actually promote normal physiologic birth

5:11 there that’s some things that we know we over use

6:54 groups that you can support some of these best practices
7:11 cochrane collaboration recommends using midwife-led care
7:49 Midwife means with women
9:00 woman as a unique individual
9:09 they also support the normal physiological process of labor and birth
9:19 recognize women as the voice in their birth so that is that kind of one of the
9:29 handout that really delves into more detail about the differences between midwifery model care in the medical model of care
9:51 this presentation will provide some evidence based pearls of midwifery

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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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