Midwife


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Midwife

 

a person on the middle level of the medical staff, having completed medical school (a three-year course in the USSR), giving assistance to pregnant women in labor. Midwives are also responsible for “patronage,” that is, their presence and observation in the homes of pregnant women and mothers during the early postpartum period.

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"There's just situations where the midwife maybe thinks it's better to do it one way than the obstetrician," Hampton said, adding that doctors are typically the caregiver that gets sued if something goes wrong with a birth.
As the longest serving midwife in WWL, mum-of-two Barbara says she has always loved her job.
Midwife participants seem to retain the same strong philosophy of working in partnership with women alongside self-employed midwives who are able to work in partnership over the whole childbearing period for the woman.
Rim Bent Hedi Sdiri, a Head Nurse in the Labor and Delivery Unit at HMC's Women's Hospital, said the International Day of the Midwife is a day to pause and recognize the role midwives play in keeping women and their babies safe during one of life's major events.
"If two women are in labour the midwife can call in a second midwife.
The Johnson's Baby Mums' Midwife of the Year Award, part of The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognises midwives from across the UK who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to demonstrate excellence in their field.
The health commissioner's report stated the midwife had failed to monitor while she was in labour with "reasonable care and skill." It was the midwife's responsibility to bring home birth equipment, including oxygen.
"The midwife in Abu Dhabi took a step back in the final stages of the delivery, while my midwife in Canada continued to play a key role throughout the delivery," she said.
When a woman had an emergency Caesarean, a core midwife had to take over from the woman's lead maternity carer (LMC), taking that midwife away from the ward for at least two hours.
Following the charging in 1981 of a midwife of practicing medicine without a licence in British Columbia, and the 1993 International Confederation of Midwives Congress in Vancouver, the British Columbia government announced that it would legalize midwifery.
Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said: 'Every nurse and midwife should be claiming tax relief on their annual registration fees and it is surprising that so few nurses and midwives are receiving what they are entitled to.