The midwife’s tasks
Just like during the pregnancy, the most important task of the midwife during the delivery is the medical guarding of the process. Does the dilation go smoothly? Does the child’s heart beat fast enough? Is the amount of blood loss normal? As long as everything goes according to plan, we do your whole delivery.
Aside from this we offer you support. We help you absorb the contractions, get you a cold washcloth for your face, massage your back when you have back-contractions, advise you about different positions and get coffee for you and your partner.
From the moment that you call to tell us the delivery has started, the guidance will proceed along the lines of mutual agreement (or according to the birthplan). Generally, you will be able to cope with the contractions yourself during the early stages of the delivery, but if you want us to stay right away this is also a possibility.
If, during delivery, there is a reason to transfer care to the hospital, we will always go with you to make sure the transfer is properly taken care of. Even though the delivery will be the responsibility of the gynecologist, even in the hospital we will try to do part of the guidance ourselves.