Apron Strings Midwifery
The Community Midwife
I was provided a beautiful modern picture of the concept of “Community Midwifery” while watching “Guerilla Midwife”, a documentary film about the work of Ibu Robin Limm. I was already a fan of this midwife and quoted her often when asked about my “philosophy of birth”, which was a common interview question from potential clients 20 years ago.
The film depicts not only a midwife and educator helping families to gently birth the next generation, but it also shows a midwife who is a social resource, an emergency responder, and a community creatrix who participates in the lives of the families and children for whom she provides care.
Traditional midwives from nearly every culture were responsible for the care of the community, especially the women and children. She was the doctor and the priest when no other was available. She was wise in the healing methods of plants and early medicines; she was the local poison control and dietitian. She attended the newly born, the injured, the heart-sick, and the dead. She spoke truth to power. She is a lot to live up to, and I am grateful for the support of this community and of the women who took the time to teach me. I am still learning, I will always be learning.
Community midwifery is about birth and providing care through pregnancy and infancy. It is professional in its practice but does not have to have the typical professional distance between the care giver and the care receiver. Because aren’t we all in this together? Shouldn’t we be?
I support your autonomy and your right to your body, your baby, and your birth experience. Which means that I also support your choice to eschew my “philosophy”. But I want you to know that my dream is to co-create community with you, to share mutual support. My intention is not simply to “grow a practice” in the St. Croix Valley, but grow an interdependent, supportive, strong community for families, mine and yours. I can’t do this on my own. My heart and hands are open to you.
Midwifery is regulated in the State of Wisconsin, and I have met and exceeded the standards for licensure. I am also an approved preceptor for aspiring midwives. In addition to my degree in midwifery, I have a bachelor’s in spirituality and health, and am pursuing a master’s in healthcare administration, but I hold my many other experiences, specializations and certificates related to maternal and child health, nutrition, botanical medicine, spiritual counseling, and traditional healing with as much esteem.
Many fantastic resources are available about the “nuts and bolts” of what it is like to work with a midwife, out of hospital settings, and the midwifery model of care. I aspire my care to reflect what these authors have so beautifully written:
The Midwives Model of Care: https://mana.org/about-midwives/midwifery-model
Midwives Philosophy of Care: http://www.midwife.org/Our-Philosophy-of-Care
Birth Outcomes in Midwife Led Out of Hospital Birth Centers: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23363029/