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Extending Safe Care And Awareness



Extending Safe Care And Awareness



The World Health Organization,
International Confederation of Midwives, and the International Federation of
Gynecology and Obstetrics observes that a Midwife
is a person who had attended regularly 
midwifery educational program and has successfully  completed the prescribed course of studies in
midwifery. He or she has also to acquire the requisite qualifications to be
registered and legally licensed to practice midwifery. In general one who
practices midwifery is known as a midwife. 
In common place Midwifery
term refers to both men and women even though generally we can see
mostly women in practice. Moreover, in addition to providing care and help to
pregnant women during their expected months, they are also experts in rendering
primary care to women, and have sufficient knowledge regarding topics related
to reproductive health, annual gynecological exams, family planning, and
menopausal care etc. They are specialist in normal birth, childbirth, and
postpartum, and well-woman health care.



The midwife going by practice and
definition is responsible and accountable for extending all possible support to
the pregnant women whom she undertakes the responsibility to take care and
render whatever services it takes to provide them safety and care including
advice during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. It comes under the
ambit of a midwife’s responsibility to conduct births and take care of the new
born baby. This includes providing preventive measures, the promotion of normal
birth. The effort to make proper detection regarding complications in mother
and child also come under their responsibility. They also have the
responsibility to make proper arrangements of medical aid and other appropriate
assistance and in executing medical emergency measures. The role of Midwife far stretches to such levels
like offering health counseling and education, not only to woman, on the other
hand to the whole family and the respective community.  The scope of such work may include antenatal
education and preparation for parenthood and women's health, both related to
sexual and reproductive and childcare. Thus the midwife provides a yeomen
service in ensuring a safe pregnancy period, delivery and the care of the new


The general role of a Midwife is as vast as
to render advice, care and support for women and their partners and families.
They are expected to deliver such services in different stages of pregnancy
like before, during and after childbirth. It is also important for midwives to
give enough moral courage to women to make their own decisions about the care
and services. Moreover it becomes onus on them to provide healthy care to the
new born and take care of its needs. Providing education and awareness about
health and parenting support for the first 28 days to the new born also comes
under the responsibility of the midwife.


By way of practice, it comes under the
responsibity of the midwife to be responsible for the health of both mother and
child. They can be referred to respective medical practitioners only in case of
emergencies. It is essential for midwives to work in multidisciplinary streams
both in hospital and community healthcare settings. The typical ambit of
activities of midwives may include the care of mother and baby with proper
adherence to hospital policy, proper study of situations and disseminate
awareness sand when they are needed, diagnosing, monitoring and examining women
during pregnancy. Take special attention of the individual programs of maternity
care through the stages like developing, assessing and evaluating, providing
full antenatal care like screening tests in the hospital, community and the
home; gain expertise to handle high risk pregnancies. And I case if referrals
are needed in complicated situations midwives should take the responsibility to
make such arrangements.



The writer is an expert in the field of
Health Care industry with focus on Midwife Hospital
and Midwifery

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