The DawningLife Way
Here’s a little information about us to get you started in thinking about what’s important to you in choosing your midwife.
The midwives of Dawning Life are highly trained and experienced in homebirth. Constance has been a midwife in continuous practice for 45 years and has attended over 1700 home births as a primary attendant. Debbie has been midwifing for about 20 years and has been primary midwife at nearly 900 home births.
We have excellent statistics. Over the last 5 years, for instance, our transport rate has been 11% while our C-section rate is a mere 1%. We have a strong and supportive medical backup structure and provide continuing support, as appropriate, even in the event of transfer of care.
Constance, Debbie, and Olivia work together as a team and are therefore able to provide a strong and consistent support system to our clients while also emphasizing very intimate and highly personalized care. We also have student midwives in the practice to enable even greater levels of support. We do a full program of prenatal, birthing, and postpartum care and clients have virtually unlimited access to us over the course of our relationship.
Our practice is strongly based in Informed Choice. We are all about supporting you in “your birth, your way” and provide research-based information as well as the benefit of our extensive experience in guiding you to make the decisions you are truly most comfortable with.
We believe a woman brings her entire being, physical, emotional and spiritual, into her birthing and we strive to support and honor her on all levels.
We are very holistically and preventatively oriented. Our practice is firmly rooted in the Midwifery Model of Care. (See Below)
We take a very time-intensive approach to care. Clinical care takes time! Providing information and answering questions takes time! Relationship building takes time too and is as important an aspect of our care as any other.
We love waterbirth and have attended many hundreds of them, so once again we have the information and experience to support you well in this option. We are also here to guide you in whatever approach and birthing position you choose.
As a part of our holistic approach we integrate a variety of modalities into our care. We are very experienced and comfortable with the use of herbs, essential oils, homeopathics, etc. Debbie and Constance both have training in Maya Abdominal Massage and Debbie is certified. Constance is also a certified Martha Beck Life Coach.
Here is a link to some suggestions of Questions To Ask A Midwife.
We look forward to meeting you face to face, and hopefully beginning this journey-of-a-lifetime with you.
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The Midwives Model of Care
The Midwives Model of Care (MMoC) is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes and 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
Minimizing technological interventions
Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.