Midwives

What they do:

Provide prenatal care and childbirth assistance.

On the job, you would:

  • Assist maternal patients to find physical positions that will facilitate childbirth.
  • Monitor maternal condition during labor by checking vital signs, monitoring uterine contractions, or performing physical examinations.
  • Provide comfort and relaxation measures for mothers in labor through interventions such as massage, breathing techniques, hydrotherapy, and music.
  • Set up or monitor the administration of oxygen or medications.
  • Assess birthing environments to ensure cleanliness, safety, and the availability of appropriate supplies.
  • Assess the status of post-date pregnancies to determine treatments and interventions.
  • Collect specimens for use in laboratory tests.
  • Conduct ongoing prenatal health assessments, tracking changes in physical and emotional health.
  • Develop, implement, or evaluate individualized plans for midwifery care.
  • Establish and follow emergency or contingency plans for mothers and newborns.

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