The Midwives Model of Care includes: monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle, providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support.
When compared to a planned hospital birth, studies have shown planned home / birth center births have the following benefits:
- Reduced rates of obstetric interventions
- Reduced rates of other adverse perinatal outcomes
- Very low and comparable rates of perinatal death
We believe childbirth is a normal, natural event that is ordained by God and when supported in the most natural way, without unnecessary interventions, will proceed in an uncomplicated delivery of a healthy baby in most cases.
The midwife’s role is to assist the birthing couple in a journey through pregnancy, labor/birth, and the postpartum, and newborn period by monitoring the complete process.
Q: Do I still need to see an OB when I use a midwife at KBC?
You do not need to see an OB while you are pregnant and seeing one of the midwives from the Katy Birth Center. However, there may be situations where your midwife recommends a visit to the obstetrician. Midwifery is a collaborative practice that involves: midwives, nurses, obstetricians, pediatricians, and other specialists as needed.
Midwifery is different from obstetrics. Midwifery care is provided by professionally trained midwives who practice a wellness and holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and women’s health. Midwifery care focuses on the promotion of health and the enabling of individual empowerment.