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While some women choose to work with their family doctor upon finding out that they are pregnant, other women opt for a midwife. For mamas-to-be, Alma Midwifery in Portland, Oregon is a wonderful option for holistic birthing support.
In this article, we will answer all of the questions you may have as you decide who you want on your birthing care team during this exciting and nerve-wracking time. We will discuss:
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For as long as women have been giving birth (AKA the extent of mankind!), there have been midwives. While midwives today look much different than they did in the year 40,000 B.C., their primary purpose remains the same.
A midwife is a person who supports a woman physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally through the laborious journey of childbirth.
Today, a midwife in Oregon like Alma Midwifery in Portland will have met the requirements for national certification in nurse-midwifery and advanced-practice registered nurse licensure through the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
Women choose to work with a midwife for a variety of reasons, which include the possibility of more one-on-one work between midwife and patient (as opposed to what is received when working with a primary doctor or OBGYN), or the decision to birth at home or in a center (as opposed to a hospital).
Some women feel that a midwife may be more open-minded to the holistic approach to childbirth, rather than the use of drugs and medicine.
Birth can be scary, but it can also be beautiful! Some women choose to birth at home as they feel it will be more comfortable for them not only during labor and delivery but afterward and into postpartum.
Alma Midwifery balances the ancient art of midwifery with the smart use of evidence-based technology.
When it comes to childbirth, every woman’s experience falls on a spectrum. At one end of the spectrum are the “free-birthers”, who go as far as to avoid ultrasounds, doctor’s appointments, and medical intervention. On the other end of the spectrum are those who rely heavily on modern technology and medicine to bring their child into the world.
Alma Midwifery in Portland sees and understands both ends of the spectrum with understanding and consideration of the potential dangers. They believe that the “sweet spot” for child-bearing falls somewhere in the middle.
Services offered at Alma Midwifery in Portland reflect their education, knowledge, and open-mindedness. They believe that it is their job to keep up to date on the latest evidence-based practices, learn about you and your health history, listen to your desires, provide education about your options, give true informed consent, allow for declination of certain testing and procedures, and design individual care plans.
Their specific services include:
The staff at Alma Midwifery is united in its purpose to put the patient first to provide the comfortable and ethical experience you desire. Working with Alma Midwifery is an opportunity to tap into your inner strength, be educated and taught, and embrace childbirth for all it is worth!
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