Frequently Asked Questions

WGM pic 11Is midwifery care safe?
In the largest study of its kind internationally to date, researchers analyzed over 5000 home births with the care of Certified Professional Midwives across the US and Canada in 2000. The study compared outcomes and medical interventions between home births and low risk hospital births. The research indicated lower rates of medical intervention in the home birth group but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality rates to that of low risk hospital births in the United States.

Why choose a midwife?
The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. The Midwives Model of Care includes:

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the pregnant person throughout the childbearing cycle
  • Providing the pregnant person with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • Minimizing technological interventions
  • Identifying and referring people who require obstetrical attention

The application of this person-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

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How do I find a midwife?
Visit the Find a Midwife section for midwives in your area.

What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?

  • A doula is professionally trained “to provide emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner throughout labor, delivery, and to some extent the postpartum period,” (Marshall Klaus and John Kennell).
  • A midwife is trained to provide primary maternity care to low risk people throughout pregnancy, labor and birth, and the first six weeks following the birth. The midwife also provides emotional and physical support to a laboring person and partners.