As midwives, it is our duty and responsibility to provide quality education and care for women through their entire birthing experience. It is a vital aspect of what we do, but at times, it can be very challenging providing this education.
What has been provided for you here is basically what every midwife wished you knew when you walked in the door. While we cannot always give you this information in person, it is here as a guide for you to educate yourselves about anything and just about everything to do with pregnancy, labor, birth, and the next few days.
Evidence-based practice and woman-centered care are the founding principles of midwifery practice. The information provided in My Body, My Baby reflects the most up-to-date research and evidence about any particular aspect of your journey at the time of publication.
This is important, no doubt.
But what is more important is how we use this evidence in our practice and how you use this information to educate yourself. A woman who has done her homework and knows to ask her questions and who knows her rights and the meaning of informed decisions and consent—those are the women that enable us, as midwives, to provide truly woman-centered care.
Standing with a woman and developing trust and backing her up when she’s vulnerable are so much more effective when she has an idea of what she does and doesn’t want for herself and her baby, and in this case, the saying is so true.
Knowledge is power.
Please use this information to make sure that even in your most vulnerable state, you are working from a position of power.
After all, it is your body and your baby.