Booby Traps Series: How the Midwives Model of Care Can Help You Breastfeed

by Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE | April 28, 2011 2:25 am

This is the eighth in a series of posts on Booby Traps™ in pregnancy, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company.

Breastfeeding at a home birth

When talking about Booby Traps, we often talk about how to get through them. I’d like to talk to you a bit about something slightly different. Avoiding the Booby Traps by considering using a midwife or a practitioner who follows the Midwives Model of Care.

Citizens for Midwifery breaks down the Midwives Model of Care into its bare essentials. Here are two of the primary components and how they will help you avoid the Booby Traps:

Now, there are many types of midwives and they can practice in many settings, including birth centers, home births and hospitals. In general, midwifery care is very conducive to a positive breastfeeding experience. Here are some ways that this plays out in real life:

This is the basis of the Midwives Model of Care and its entire design is to avoid unnecessary interventions and to support the body in its basic design, which includes breastfeeding.

The entire purpose of the Midwives Model of Care is to support the body in its basic design, including breastfeeding, and to avoid unnecessary interventions, which can increase the likelihood that you would encounter a Booby Trap.

Does your provider hold these beliefs when it comes to your prenatal care?

Robin Elise Weiss, BA, CLC, CD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE is the mother of eight children. She writes about pregnancy at pregnancy.about.com. Robin is the author of more than 10 books on pregnancy, parenting and breastfeeding topics.

Glantz, J C. (2011). Rates of labor induction and primary cesarean delivery do not correlate with rates of adverse neonatal outcome in level i hospitals. Journal of Maternal – Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, 24(4), 636-642.

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