VIDEO: Midwives & the Care They Provide

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Speaker 1: Midwifery?

Speaker 2: Midwifery.

Speaker 1: Is that right? Midwifery?

Speaker 3: I don’t know.

Speaker 4: Midwifery.

Speaker 2: Midwifery, yes.

Speaker 1: Is that like a female in her 30s, married woman?

Speaker 5: I know they help during the birth of a child, but that’s pretty much all that I know about it.

Speaker 2: A midwife can also, as I know, provide some pain relief in terms of breathing exercises and things like that.

Speaker 3: I think midwives work at a hospital.

Speaker 4: Some are in hospitals, some are at home.

Speaker 6: I don’t think they work at a hospital.

Jenifer Fahey: Midwives are everywhere. We’re in the home, offices, giving prenatal care, giving family planning care. We work in hospitals, we work in birth centers.

Marsha Jackson: Most people, when you think of a midwife, you just think of somebody who helps women have babies. But we do a lot more than that. We work with women throughout their life
cycle.

Jenifer Fahey: When someone comes to see a midwife, they often wonder about what we can do for them as far as pain management, as far as medications. They’re worried that if you’re with a midwife you can’t have an epidural, for example. Which is not true. I think a lot of people are surprised to hear the level of training and education that is required to be a midwife in the U.S. because midwives do so much more than just birth.

Marsha Jackson: We provide personalized care.

Phebe T: The main reason I chose a midwife is because I wasn’t a number. I was actually a patient, I was actually a person with feelings, and they were gonna devote the time that I needed to answer all of my questions, address my concerns. They want you to make good choices for you and your unborn baby. I’m so glad that I chose a midwife. It’s definitely an ongoing relationship.

John W Larsen: Midwives have reduced the Cesarean section rate in this country. It’s overall been drifting up in the range of 30%. The midwife practice here at GW has a Cesarean section delivery rate of 5%. Physicians plus midwives is a way of putting together the collaboration that responds to what the patients want. Doctors should advocate for the midwives. I enjoy the sharing, I enjoy the collaboration.

Kristina Krimm: I chose midwife because they are trained to deal with birth as a normal process, not a medical emergency. I plan to use a midwife for the rest of my life for my healthcare needs. I trust them and know that they have my best interests in mind, and that’s really important to me.

Marsha Jackson: As midwives, our philosophy of care is based on respect for women.

Jenifer Fahey: We put the woman and her family at the center of the care, and then build out from that.

Marsha Jackson: We collaborate together. We’re partners.

Jenifer Fahey: I think all women deserve a midwife.

Marsha Jackson: Every woman deserves high quality, evidence-based, personalized care. And we’re here to make it happen.

If you’re looking for midwifery services, feel free to call us today at (719) 249-6008 and begin your personalized care process.

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