The Importance Of Midwifery

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In the world a child is born every four seconds, a midwife is essential at several of these labor and deliveries due to their positive influence on the mother in labor, the baby being delivered and the postpartum stage women face after delivery. Midwifery is a very imperative job because they deliver, prepare and care for babies in many different environments. A child being born is one of the happiest moments in a parent 's life. With a midwife by the mother 's side, the bonding experience between the mother and baby increases significantly.
Midwives are trained professionals with skills in supporting women to maintain a healthy pregnancy and recovery (Mana). There are four different types of midwives; certified midwives, certified nurse midwives,
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Homebirth is said to give an amazing environment for mother-baby bonding by allowing continuous physical contact between the patient and the child. Women have given birth in their homes from the beginning of time. Today in the U.S only 1-2% of births take place in homes. This was until the 19th century, when birth was shifted to hospitals, and babies were mostly delivered by male physicians. Homebirth gives fathers and partners a role in providing comfort and care to the women in labor. These benefits are carried onto siblings and others who witness the birth in the home. Many people believe it is safer to give birth in a hospital rather than in a home just in case there are any major complications with the mother or baby (Mana).
The earnings for each midwife may vary due to the education, experience, employer and location of the individual (Career Cruising). Most full time Certified Nurse Midwives range from making $70,000 to $90,000 a year (Salary). Some midwives who run birth centers or who are very experienced in their career can make upwards to $100,000 a year (Career Cruising). Midwives who work for doctors, hospitals or clinics usually earn benefits (Career Cruising). Depending on the employer midwives can earn paid vacation, sick leave, pension plans and medical insurance (Career
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She stated that the aspect of her job she loves most is the interaction with people and helping families grow by helping bring their new addition into this world. As much as she enjoys her career, she said there are parts of her day that can be very irritating, such as when women do not take care of their bodies for their fetus growing inside them. Many women decide to use drugs, abuse alcohol or smoke cigarettes, even after they are informed of the consequences. She expressed that she faces extremely stressful situations daily as well, Cathy said “It is extremely stressful being responsible for two patients at a time, mom and baby during both pregnancy and labor. Any decision that is made can impact two lives, not just one.” The question was proposed “what made her decide to become a midwife?” Cathy then stated that she had worked eight years as a labor and delivery nurse until she decided to get her masters for midwifery

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