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Midwifery

Women are experts in their own bodies and babies, and that given full information, they will make the choices that are right for themselves and their babies – whether or not they are in sync with current medical or cultural beliefs.
– Sarah Buckley (Gentle birth, Gentle Mothering)

Pregnancy is a natural phenomenon in a woman’s life. It is a celebration of new life and new beginnings – for both the mother and her newborn baby. Have your birth your way with the personalized support and care of a professional midwife.

Who is a Midwife ?

A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a midwifery education programme that is recognised in the country where it is located and that is based on the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice and the framework of the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education; who has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery and use the title ‘midwife’; and who demonstrates competency in the practice of midwifery.

Scope of Practice

The midwife is recognised as a responsible and accountable health care professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period; to conduct births and to provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.

Why should women be given the choice of Midwifery care ?

Research evidence shows that care from midwives is as safe as care from obstetricians caring for women with comparable low risk uncomplicated pregnancies. Randomised studies available also show other benefits, such as: increased satisfaction, a shorter labour, lower need for pain relief labour, high rates of normal births and a lower need for caesarean section.

What to expect from a Professional Midwife

Gentle, nurturing care that respects you and your beliefs. Respect for your birth plan, with a commitment to honest communication, should there be a need to seek other options.

During Pregnancy: The midwife offers regular antenatal care and advises the mother on diet and exercise. She educates you on labour, positions in labour and helps write your birth plan. Midwives provide the much needed environment for women to comfortably ask questions.

During Labour : The midwife will support and help you, the labouring mother. Her role includes helping the woman to give birth in the way she would like, and to monitor her health and that of her baby. She can help women get into positions that are comfortable and will help labour in progress, while she suggests ways of coping with contractions.

Midwifery support during labour and delivery decreases the risk of unnecessary interventions. Many more women today, find they are more comforted with the support and care of a professional midwife or a doctor that who supports, gentle, natural and safe childbirth. We at Stork Home believe and endorse natural birth.

Fernandez Hospital, over the years, with its rich history of experience spanned over nearly seven decades, commits itself today to supporting natural birth. We at Stork Home, with our professional midwives and team of obstetricians, support women through labour and help them birth with confidence.

The continuous support of professional midwives for delivery provides an environment of trust. Your fears are reduced and your physical, emotional and psychological needs are met in an atmosphere of respectful care. You deserve this and more.

We believe birthing is a human right and every woman should be offered professional midwifery care.

Patients endorse Midwives

"Our special thanks to midwife Teresa for helping us though a normal delivery without an epidural."

"Brilliant work! I got what I wanted, a natural birth without any intervention, just like the women who have given birth since ages. My choice was respected."

"Sr. Jismi (midwife) made me feel like me and that my feelings are very important to this world. Kudos to her!"

"Very skilful, and their decision-making was excellent. They were very careful throughout the procedure, especially Jayasree, who was very helpful. She has shown lots of empathy."

"Midwives Tintu and Zuber were very supportive during the entire process and guided me fantastically towards a normal delivery."

"100% attention to the birth plan by the midwife. Amazing! She checked on me the day after delivery. It was a great gesture."

"All midwives are very skilled and professional and are providing excellent services. The way these super ladies helped me during my labour is unforgettable. God bless you all and continue the great job"

"Yes, I felt that the midwife’s role is very important during delivery. In this I felt that midwives are very patient and caring. Everything is explained in detail. Thanks to all these people."

Midwife-led model of care

"Midwife-led continuity of care was associated with several benefits for mothers and babies, and had no identified adverse effects compared with models of medical-led care. The main benefits were a reduction in the use of epidurals, with fewer episiotomies or instrumental births. Women’s chances of being cared for in labour by a midwife she had got to know, and having a spontaneous vaginal birth were also increased. There was no difference in the number of caesarean births. All trials included licensed midwives, and none included lay or traditional midwives. No trial included models of care that offered out-of-hospital birth.

The review concludes that most women should be offered midwife-led continuity models of care, although caution should be exercised in applying this advice to women with substantial medical or obstetric complications".

Reference : Sandall J, Soltani H, Gates S, Shennan A, Devane D. Midwife-led continuity models versus other models of care for childbearing women, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 9. Art, No.: CD004667, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004667. pub4.


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Pregnancy is a phase during which you get ready to welcome your little bundle of joy. It is also a time when women undergo physical changes and experience some discomforts. Headache during pregnancy is quite common, especially in the first trimester. Though most frequent in the first and third trimester, pregnancy headache may occur at any time during the gestation period.
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