Informed Choice

 

My role as your midwife is always to support you in your own way of moving through pregnancy, labour, and birth.  I work with you to promote a healthy pregnancy, and provide education to help you and your family make informed decisions about your birth care. Together with my clients, I carefully monitor the progress of the pregnancy and labour, and recommend appropriate management if complications arise. The key elements of this education, monitoring, and decision making process are based on Evidenced-Based Practice and Informed Choice. In order to make informed choice decisions in a timely manner, I attempt to provide you with information regarding your options in a way that naturally flows with the progression of your prenatal, birth, and postpartum period.

Throughout your care with Motherbloom Midwifery, you will be given opportunities to discuss options for the  wide variety of prenatal screenings that are currently available through the standard medical maternity model of care. Most tests or procedures that are available to pregnant women today carry with them likelihoods for further testing, treatments, or interventions that I will encourage you to consider prior to making your decisions. Risks and benefits usually exist for the choice to test or treat a condition, as well as the choice to decline testing or treatment. My goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make a decision that makes sense for you and your baby.
Some Prenatal Informed choice discussions include:

  • Prenatal Lab Work
  • Ultrasound
  • Genetic Screening
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Group B Strep
  • Prenatal Rhogam (Rh Immunoglobulin) for Rh negative women

postpartum baby introductions

As new parents, you will soon become familiar with this process of interpreting outside information and combining it with your internal “parental knowing” as you make decisions about every aspect of your child’s life.  I try to help you gather information regarding the healthcare needs of your newborn baby…the next 18 years will be up to you!
Some important informed choice discussions in the postpartum include:

 

  • Postpartum RhoGam (Rh Immunoglobulin) for Rh negative women
  • Newborn eye prophylaxis
  • Newborn Vitamin K
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Circumcision
  • Metabolic Screening
  • Hearing Screening
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