I don’t think I can recall a time where morale has been so high with in active birth and natural labour circles! Following on from the NICE guidelines regarding the increased safety offered by giving birth outside the Consultant Units, I thought you would like to know about the benefits of having your own midwife.
A lot of people carry fear about birth, both men and women alike. Each of you will have a lot of preconceived ideas about birth long before you have your first baby. How you feel about the forth coming birth will depend on what you have watched on “You tube” or TV documentaries. May be reading birth guides listening to Women’s hour discussions or simply seeing babies being born in a Soap Opera, these will have influenced your levels of anxiety.
Gaining control in a fearful situation means trusting those around you. The feeling that you have choices and that you hope you will be supported with your choices is at the heart of trust and once you feel you can trust your care givers then your fear will subside. Having a midwife that you get to know and trust, who is going to be with you during one of the most intimate acts of your life will help you build confidence about birth.
Midwives working for UK Birth Centres are able to commit to being with you when you need them mostly because they have a small caseload of clients that they get to know very well. By working intensively with you throughout your pregnancy your midwife will help you be birth ready!
We are available for you between visits to answer any questions and help allay your anxieties. You will have the opportunity to discuss the things that trouble you and cause you anxiety and together with your midwife you can formulate a birth plan.
What could be better than having a known and trusted midwife with you when you give birth?