The Pregnancy Show Presents: Learn about The Role of Multiple Midwives
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Melanie Raposo: Now, I think you were mentioning this, again, with the personalized care, when a woman has a midwife, she has more than one, right, and so what does each midwife kind of do, their each role? Carolynn Prior: There are two midwives at each birth, and usually each practice divides up those roles individually. There is different models where a woman may see up to four midwives, and two of them will be at her birth and two of them won't be, depending on their on-call schedule. And so that's when a woman can ask questions about when she is looking for a midwife, what is the model that you have? At the practice where I work at, we do a model where a woman is assigned to two midwives, her primary midwife and a backup midwife, and she sees them fairly equally, but her primary midwife is the midwife who will most likely come up to her in labor and be with her for the bigger part of her labor and birth, and the second midwife comes closer to the time of birth, and then she sees her primary midwife in the postpartum period. But the drawback of that model is that if you have an appointment with your midwife and she is at a birth, it's going to be canceled, where in the other model, often called shared care, then often those appointment times are protected, but that you don't know which of the midwives will be on call when you go on.