Traditional Midwifery Care
Classic, organic, traditional, tribal: These are all words most often associated with the ancient art of Midwifery. The word itself -mit wif- means "with woman" and it is to this effort, to stand with woman, that a traditional midwife directs her energy.
Modern traditional midwives merge the understanding of birth as a natural, healthy process with evidence-based best practices. Our practice is based upon the principles of Holistic and Functional medicine. Prenatally we focus on nutritional, emotional, and psychological health as much as we monitor the growth of the baby and the physical health of the mother.
Matrifocal means "focus on the mother". Every woman presents a unique set of needs and expectations. No two circumstances are the same and no two women will respond identically to even the most similar of physical, emotional or social challenges. With that in mind, our work is that of supporting each individual woman through the childbearing year by focusing on what is essential to that woman, thereby helping her arrive at the end of her pregnancy as whole as she is prepared to be.
Every birth is the birth of a family member and is connected first and foremost to the family themselves. Older and unwise medical standards of ownership of the "patient" are falling away as we return to the ideology of individuals having autonomy over their body and choices. The choices made during the childbearing year have the greatest impact upon the expectant couple and thus it is a fundamental belief of traditional midwifery that no one but the couple can or should decide in matters of greatest perceived negative outcome.
Twins and breeches are viewed as variations of normal, VBAC and other post-surgical childbearing challenges explored with the goal of safe, sane home or birthing center birth if that is their choice. We believe that the expectant woman is perfectly capable of listening to even the most complex information and will make the wisest decision for herself, her child and her community.