Role of Midwives in Women's and Children's Health

klutzfree By klutzfree, 25th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Discuss duties and responsibilities as a Midwife and medical practitioner.

The "Unsung Hero"

Midwife is a medical practitioner, who is responsible in caring for the mother and the baby both before and after the baby is born. Midwife is the important source of information, support and advice for expectant parents. Example of these are first time parents, they are the one's who are anxious and very nervous about the arrival of the baby. Midwife can help them to reassure them and give them advice about parenting, labor and birth.

During labor, midwives play a vital role - they are there throughout the birth to reassure the parents, administer pain relief, encourage the mother with her breathing, talk her through the different stages of labor stages and eventually deliver the baby. Usually, after the baby is born, midwife visits the mother at home to check the health of both mother and baby, and give advice and support during first ten days.

In situations, whereas, a mother lost a baby or gave birth to a baby with lifelong disabilities; the midwife must offer emotional support and counselling for these parents. They should be sympathetic, understanding, patient and compassionate to be effective.

Midwifery is one of the most exciting and rewarding careers once can pursue. However, there are challenges a midwife has to confront in performing her task. In case of complications, one must act under pressure. They are also required to work night shifts, weekends and holidays. Because of the vital role midwives play, they are called "unsung heroes" of women's and newborn's health.

Her in the Philippines, midwifery is a four-year course degree program that educate academically and trains students in addressing the needs of pregnant women and their children from pregnancy to a few weeks following childbirth. Students are required to complete on-the-job training at maternity hospitals, birthing homes, and lying-in clinics to give them idea and perspective towards their chosen career.

With the current demand for midwives, domestically and abroad, Gina Ranieses of the Midwifery Department of the University of Perpetual Health System, says that students who wish to take the work opportunities should at once take either the ladderized program or the 2-year certificate course.

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Child Care, Child Safety, Childbirth, Childcare, Childrens Health, Medical Practitioner, Midwife, Midwifery, Pregnancy

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