The midwife is the most suitable healthcare professional to attend normal delivery. This follows from the 1985 declaration of the World Health Organization in Fortaleza, and above all, it follows from common sense. This statement stated that: Training of professional midwives or midwives should be promoted. Care during normal pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium should fall within the competence of this profession.

If the delivery occurs normally, the midwife should be the only professional who cares for the parturient. We talk about midwives because this profession has traditionally been a thing of women, but every day more men join it.

What is the role of the midwife during childbirth

During the whole labor the midwife should be on alert, next to the woman, and her partner, if so wanted. The midwife, or midwife, who is also known by this name, should only intervene, or refer to the gynecologist, when necessary.

In childbirth the midwife takes care of the physical well-being of the mother and also the fetus. Take care of the intense emotional situation that women are going through. The midwife’s philosophy is that pregnancy and childbirth are natural events of life. The function of a matron is to help without interfering.

Different studies confirm that the results are more positive and satisfactory when childbirth is treated by midwives, than when gynecologists do, because they tend to intervene more frequently in an unnecessary way. Therefore, the role of the gynecologist, gynecologist, in normal childbirth should be limited to being available to provide their services if required by the midwife.

Confidence between women and midwife

One of the fundamental roles during the birth of the midwife is to encourage the woman, and her family during childbirth, the period of childbirth and subsequent phases. An atmosphere of trust and tranquility between the midwife and the mother is essential to carry out this work.

There are certain attitudes, on the part of the midwife to establish this trust, and to achieve effective communication. To do this it is recommended to give a personal welcome and greeting that will decrease the anxiety, fear and stress experienced by many women. This will help to check for language barriers.

The midwife will help the woman to consider the dilation room as a private space. It will help her adapt the environment to her individual needs, comment on her birth plan, if the woman has it. You should use open and undirected questions to know how you feel, that favor your freedom of movement and emotional expression. It is a matter of respecting the mother’s need not to feel observed or prosecuted.

Role of the midwife in childbirth

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The primary role of midwife during childbirth is to show support, understanding and confidence in women’s ability to cope with this work. It is recommended to have evaluated the woman’s knowledge about pain relief methods. One of its tasks is to provide him with the information and advice that allows him to choose the ones that best suit the mother.

By listing, you could say that these are your specific functions, in a hospital:

  • Receive the pregnant woman when she arrives at the hospital.
  • When childbirth begins, she is responsible for the admission of the expectant mother and taking her to the dilation room. He will attend it during the period of dilation.
  • He will also be responsible for notifying doctors if complications or unforeseen complications arise during the dilation process.
  • He is in charge of contacting or notifying the anesthesiologist if the mother has requested the epidural. Always at the right time, and not before or after.
  • Control by fetal monitoring the dilation and condition of the baby.
  • Move the pregnant woman to the delivery room.

The midwife cares for the woman during childbirth and may suture the episiotomy.