Philosophy of Care

Mountain View Holistic Midwifery offers care for both birthers and babies from the preconception period through postpartum.  At Mt. View, we acknowledge that each of our clients has their own unique story and their care deserves to be centered around their individuality. 

Our care is designed around the six facets of holistic health: physical, mental, emotional, environmental, social, and spiritual wellbeing. This means that throughout the course of your care with us, you can expect that we will take into account all six facets of your wellbeing when offering suggestions to best suit the needs of your childbearing experience. 

 

We commit to religiously following our 15 tenets listed below to offer all-inclusive care to all individuals involved in the childbearing experience. It is important to us that we offer care that does no harm to the birther, baby or family members. We follow specific health parameters in order to keep home birth as safe as possible. If at any point we feel that our care is not enough to guarantee your safety, we will transfer care to the safest modality available for your situation. 

  1. Holistic midwifery encompasses the full wellbeing of both the birther and the baby during the entire childbearing year: preconception, 1st trimester, 2nd trimester, 3rd trimester, and postpartum. 

  2. It is a midwives responsibility to build a relationship centered around trust between the client and themselves. When doing so, it is essential to remember that the client may have a birthing partner that is equally as involved with the pregnancy and care of this baby. 

  3. Holistic midwifery care is respectful and welcoming of all cultures and will be catered around a client’s unique cultural values and beliefs. 

  4. A client’s nutrition will be assessed and used to support the pregnancy from the preconception through the postpartum period and ideally beyond. 

  5. A client’s physical exercise will be evaluated to best support the holistic health of both the pregnant individual and the baby throughout the childbearing period. 

  6. External modalities may be accessed in order to offer care outside of the scope of midwifery: acupuncture, chiropractic, reiki, massage etc. 

  7. Nutritional and supplement recommendations will be made while taking into account the individuals means and resources that are available to them specifically. Education on the resources available within the local community will be provided.

  8. Midwives will harness a trusting, loving, and caring relationship between themselves and their clients. This will involve breaking down certain walls of professionalism that exist in healthcare, such as hierarchy. This will look different from one client to the next. Examples of this are being on a first name basis, sharing a meal with your client, encouraging them to bring their children to prenatal appointments, home visits.  

  9. Holistic midwifery care will prioritize client feedback and constructive criticism in order to continuously improve upon the care that is being provided. 

  10. While it is a midwife’s responsibility to have an outline of topics to be discussed at appointments, it is important that appointments are client-led and allow each client to be able to ask questions and discuss matters that are important to them and their current situation. 

  11. Holistic midwifery should include community based activities and involvement whenever possible. Creating connections within one’s community is beneficial towards individuals' health on multiple levels. Examples of this would be creating a community garden, group prenatal visits, childbirth education courses, volunteer-based events. 

  12. An important part of offering holistic care is ensuring that your clients needs are met. This means that care should be provided in a way that does not exceed your client’s means: Do a virtual or home visit if your client can not find transportation to the office, have resources available to offer client’s childcare when it is necessary, help facilitate parenting support groups, have information available for local resources such as WIC and local food banks.

  13. It is important to provide education and resources necessary for a client’s spouse to be able to best take care of the family in whatever role they play in the overall family dynamic. 

  14. Holistic midwifery care will ensure that the client and their family has the necessary support throughout the childbearing process, including during labor and delivery and the postpartum period. In areas that exceed the time available to be offered from the midwife, it is the midwife’s responsibility to outsource to reliable sources such as local doula’s, lactation specialists, nannies etc. 

  15. Midwives will take the time to take care of themselves. It is impossible to offer well-rounded care to others when not properly taking care of yourself in the process. It will be just as much of a priority that a midwife will take care of themselves as it is for clients.

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