Philosophy

 

YOUR BABY, YOUR BIRTH, YOUR WAY

 

The childbearing year is a very special time in a woman’s lifecycle.  During this time, she conceives, nurtures, gives birth to, and begins the long process of caring for a new life.  Immense physical changes occur in her body, and intense, and sometimes overwhelming, emotional and spiritual changes affect her psyche.  Although there is a universal nature to these processes, each woman will experience them in her own unique way.

Midwife means “with woman” and this is the basis for how I practice.  Because each woman will have an experience entirely her own, midwifery means customizing care to meet her unique needs.  As a midwife I see pregnancy and birth as normal and inherently healthy.  Because they are far more than simply mechanical processes, my approach is holistic and focused on developing a relationship of trust and respect. The continuity of care helps to fosters the deep trust between midwife and pregnant woman/family.  This trust is invaluable during the challenging process of labor and birth.  I honor birth as a rite of passage in which women step through the gateway into motherhood.  I see myself as a gatekeeper, making sure mom and baby are safe and supported as they make their transition. Part of holding space for the laboring mama is honoring and respecting her process, power and intuition.  I believe birth works best when labor starts on its own and is allowed to run on its own clock (rather than fit into a standardized graph of what’s considered normal).

My goal as a midwife is to empower women (and men!) to actively participate in their care. I believe pregnant couples, through the process of informed choice, should take an active role and responsibility during this special time in their lives.  Ultimately, it is the parents who know what is best for themselves and their baby, provided they are given adequate information.  My vision is that by welcoming new life in a loving way, we can can change the world one birth at a time.  As Suzanne Arms says–“”If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life. For that is where our deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation ~ or love and trust.”