We Believe That
- Birth is a normal life event, and a life-changing event.
- Birth is natural, healthy and beautiful.
- The experience of birth profoundly affects a woman and her family. It will be a part of her memory forever.
- A woman’s confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by the care provider and place of birth.
- Woman have the right to give birth free from routine interventions, although we understand that at times medical support is needed for a good outcome .
- Women have the right to make informed decisions about their health and the health of their unborn children.
- Low risk birth can safely take place with trained professionals in birthing units and at home.
- A healthy foetus starts life at a huge advantage if birthed naturally and sensitively.
It is a given that our first priority is the health and safety of the mother and baby, but over and above that we provide a high standard of evidence-based holistic care. This includes the following:
- Explanation of the pros and cons of all antenatal investigations, thereby helping parents to avoid unnecessary procedures.
- Encouragement of companionship and support in labour in the form of a partner, family member or doula. Research shows that mothers who have ongoing emotional support in labour, have shorter labours, need less pain medication, have a better overall birth experience, are less likely to get post natal depression and will breastfeed for longer.
- Mobility in labour is encouraged. Being upright and mobile will encourage your labour to progress more quickly.
- We encourage upright birth positions. We know the benefits of gravity and birth positions that enhance the available space in the mother’s pelvis, to allow the descent of the baby’s head down the birth canal. We also acknowledge that sometimes if a mother is flat on her back it can cause foetal distress and so we encourage alternative birthing positions.
- Immediate and extended skin to skin contact. If there is no medical contra-indication, we promote extended skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby. This has many psychological and emotional benefits for both parties. For more information please see http://www.skintoskincontact.com/
- Delayed cord clamping. Outside of any medical emergency it is recommended to leave the umbilical cord to pulsate for 3 to 5 minutes. This will help prevent neonatal anaemia.
- Early initiation breastfeeding. We recognise the importance of allowing the newborn to initiate the first breastfeed with in the first hour of life. This will greatly enhance the success of long term breast feeding and encourage the contracting of the mother’s uterus, thereby decreasing hemorrhaging.
- Maintaining the mother/baby unit. We strongly encourage zero separation of mother and baby, in the first few hours after birth, as this encourages bonding in the short and long term. We therefore will not unnecessarily remove the baby from the presence of the mom to do routine measurements and observations.
With our knowledge, experience, commitment and enthusiasm, we will strive to empower women with positive experiences. We will practice our profession legally and safely, embracing a multidisciplinary approach. Our goal is to enrich lives, facilitate change, instill confidence and bring great joy.