What is a Midwife?
A Midwife is a trained healthcare professional that provides care to pregnant women. The midwife is recognized as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant.
This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.
The midwife has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and child care.
A midwife may practice in any setting including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units.
* From the International Confederation of Midwives website*
Cuddles & Grace: Midwifery Services
My love story for midwifery began when I first witnessed new life enter the world as a student nurse. When my eyes were filled with tears of joy for someone that I had just met and my heart melted when the baby gave its first breath and cried unapologetically. I smiled when the father fell onto his knees and kissed his newborn son for the first time on the forehead. I joined the mother when she exhaled in relief when the most severe abdominal pain she had ever experienced came to an end. I felt extremely honoured to share in this joy and be the first to say “Congratulations mom and dad!”
When I was pregnant with my first baby, I found Stephni at 20 weeks pregnant. From the minute we had a chat over whatsapp I knew that's the person I would want as my midwife. Throughout my pregnancy she was so supportive and never made me feel uncomfortable for asking questions, or for messaging her whenever I wanted to know something. When it was time to give birth, she was there with me, supporting me in every way possible, her calm and gentle spirit definitely played a huge role in the calm birth I desired. My baby was born and she did all the stuff I wanted right after birth. She washed me in the tub and helped me to get comfortable in move into my bed with my baby. When she left my house it didn't even looked like a birth just happened there, she moved everything back into the right places even though it was late at night. The first few days we chatted constantly on whatsapp and she came again and help me through many breastfeeding struggles, first mastitis, then no milk, then nipple thrush, through it all she help me patiently. I think if I didn't had Stephni as my first midwife, I probably wouldn't have had a home birth again. She made me love homebirth and everything that goes with it.