Midwifery vs Medical Model of Care
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Midwifery Vs Medical Model of Care

What are the biggest differences in care between a midwife and an obstetrician?  For the most part, it is not the types of care that are given.  It is the attitude behind the care given.  I got this comparison chart from Birth Monopoly.  If you have time, go over and read more on midwifery care versus medical care.  They have a lot of good information.

Midwifery Model of Care

The woman births the baby as our client.

Labor and birth are considered as normal life events.

Interventions are only used when necessary.

The preferences and needs of the birthing woman are foremost.

Focus is on emotional, mental, AND physical well-being.

Midwife means with woman.

Gives a picture of partnership.

Medical Model of Care

Delivers the baby from the patient.

Labor and birth are managed as a pathological condition.

Interventions are routine.

The preferences and policies of the provider/institution are enforced.

Focus is on survival.

Obstetrician means to stand in front of.

Gives a picture of leadership.



Obviously not all doctors are the same.  And not all midwives are the same.  And not all women have the same needs.  If you are interested in learning more about the midwifery model of care and our services, contact us to set up a free consultation.


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Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM

Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM is the head midwife and owner of Comforts of Home Midwifery. Mercy was first exposed to homebirth when she witnessed the birth of her little brother at the age of 7. Her interest in natural childbirth grew with the birth of her first child and then attending Bradley Natural Childbirth classes with a friend a year and a half later. Attending her first birth as a doula verified that she was called to be a midwife. Mercy attended the Association of Texas Midwives Training Program and completed an apprenticeship with what is now the Corpus Christi Birth Center. She holds Texas and Louisiana state licenses and holds her Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives.

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