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The Importance of Midwifery Care

Improving Health

There are proven reductions in maternal deaths due to midwifery care during labor and delivery.

Reduce Infant Mortality

Black women are more likely to experience preterm birth and infant mortality. Midwives present during labor help reduce the risk of experiencing infant death.

Reduce Maternal Mortality

For over 60 years, Black women in the US have been 3 to 4 times as likely to experience a maternal death as white women.  Midwifery care reduces maternal death during labor and delivery.

Quality Care

Midwives improve the quality of life for mothers during the postpartum process by offering breastfeeding, lactation, and newborn care support.

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Private insurance is Sacramento’s top midwifery reimbursement expenditure.

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Change Birth Outcomes

The U.S. ranks last among developed countries for maternal death rates, with a ratio of 26.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. Nearly 3 times the rate in the United Kingdom (9.2), 3 ½ times that of Canada (7.3), and 4 ½ times that of Spain (4.7). The U.S. is the only developed country where the maternal mortality rate increased between 1990 and 2015. These statistics are in part due to the lack of midwifery care. We can change this by increasing access to midwifery education and training.

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Midwifery Matters

Advocating for Midwifery Care

A third of midwives needed globally are missing from the workforce. To address this shortage more midwifery training programs are needed. Additionally, structural barriers must be addressed that impact access to midwifery services.

410
%

of maternal deaths can be prevented

800
%

more midwives are needed

Millions

can be saved by 2035

HOW WE HELP

Restoring the role of Midwifery in Maternal Health Care

We envision an equitable society where midwifery care is accessible and maternal health disparities are mitigated.

Improving Maternal Health Care

Education, Empowerment, and Community

Education – Equitable access to midwifery education Awareness on the power of midwifery care.

Empowerment – Advocate for the policies and practices that restore Midwifery Care to a prominent role in maternal health.

Community – Build a coalition to advance an equitable society where midwifery care is accessible and maternal health disparities are mitigated.

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What Midwifery Care Entails

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Reproductive Life Cycle

A midwife is a trained and licensed health care professional who provides care through the reproductive life cycle. This care begins with menstruation through menopause. Midwives may provide services such
as Pap and HPV screenings, breast exams, family planning, fertility services, STI testing and much more.

Pregnancy and Prenatal Care

Pregnant women may see a midwife for all their prenatal care appointments. They are able to provide prenatal care in various settings such as a private offices, hospitals, medical clinics, birth centers, and inhome settings. Midwives provide a range of care throughout pregnancy from conducting physical examinations to educating moms about nutrition. They can order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic test results. Midwives care for families with the understanding that childbirth is a normal physiological process.

Labor and Delivery

Midwives are trained to manage the entire process of labor. Midwives deliver babies in hospitals, birth centers, and home settings. During labor midwives are present with women implementing care and
support. They make sure both mom and baby are doing well through observation, touch, checking heart tones, and monitoring contractions. Midwives are able to implement a range of strategies to help mothers cope with the challenges of labor such as massage, using a birth tub, and walking.

Postpartum and Newborn Care

Midwives are able to care for both mothers and babies during the postpartum period. They assess for any physical and emotional warning signs. They may conduct the newborn care exam, weighing and measuring baby, checking reflexes and heart tones. They provide assistance with breastfeeding. Many midwives provide follow up care within 24 hours after birth for mother and baby. Follow-up visits are often scheduled at day 3, at day 5, at 2 weeks, at 4 weeks, and at 6 weeks. The postpartum care given by midwives helps women through the healing and recovery process, in addition to facilitating bonding with their babies.

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