I believe that women are strong and contain the unique ability to bring forth life into this world. Birth is the most mysterious, miraculous, and trans-formative time in a woman’s life. Every woman deserves the opportunity to move through their own experience, at their own pace, without judgment or obligation. Birth imprints itself in the lives of the mother, the baby, and the family. A joyful birth empowers the mother, welcomes the newborn into a peaceful and loving environment and helps to bond a family.
In traditional midwifery, the midwife is present to offer information and care for the mother and baby as a whole. This care is provided in a manner that specifically respects the connection and needs of mother and baby to remain together during the highly sensitized postpartum period. Newborn exams are done in mother’s arms, weight and measurements are delayed. Mother and baby are honored as a whole with general avoidance of needless separation. Nothing is more touching than the sight of an undisturbed mother and baby embracing each other in a postpartum circle of love, with their innate needs being fulfilled.
“There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it.” — Sheryl Feldman