A TENET OF MIDWIFERY CARE
Informed choice is the process of ensuring that a person has all of the appropriate information prior to making a decision about their body or the course of their care. It is important in all health care settings, but is especially pivotal in the prenatal period and during labor and birth.
Historically, informed choice has not been the standard of care in the medical obstetrics model. This is one of the reasons why many people are drawn to midwifery care. Most often, midwives will present information in a “risks versus benefits versus alternatives” format to help during the decision making process. We follow national and international standards of care, but also understand that each of our patients has their own individual needs.
We work with our patients to help them navigate the complexities of prenatal care, labor and postpartum. We also offer reproductive choice visits and integrative annual exams.
We value the relationships that are formed along the way and believe that mutual trust and respect plays a large role in the relationship-based care that keeps our clients and their families healthy and empowered.
Did you know that you can hand express and collect colostrum (your first milk) before you have your baby? Learning this skill before birth can help you feel more confident when it comes time to feed your baby. It may also help ensure that you have a good supply. We recommend waiting until you are at least 36 weeks pregnant before attempting to hand express — and not becoming discouraged if you aren’t able to collect much, as that is normal and expected.
Kanya DelPozzo, Certified Nurse Midwife & Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant
McKenzie Midwives & Lactations Services
960 N. 16th St., Ste 104, Springfield (541) 744-8660