7 Reasons why I love midwives & images to celebrate what they really do... - Colorado Springs Birth Photography

 Midwife Pictured: Kim Osterholzer http://www.kimosterholzer.com/

Midwife Pictured: Kim Osterholzer http://www.kimosterholzer.com/

1. They love you unconditionally...

There's really something special about the bond between you and your midwife. She's this stranger that becomes family within a short span of months or weeks. She loves you and believes in your ability to birth your baby. Even when you're screaming and yelling and in the throes of labor, they GET you. And that my friends is a huge reason I love midwives. 

 Midwife Pictured: Jessica Nipp http://www.holistichomebirth.com/

Midwife Pictured: Jessica Nipp http://www.holistichomebirth.com/

2. They are gentle...

The above image is actually an image I took of my midwife that attended my homebirth when I had my second daughter. I love her quiet, calm and sweet presence. Most midwives have a very relaxed and hands off approach that really allows the birthing mama to focus on what she needs to do. Midwives rarely intervene and let the natural process take over, adding wisdom, love and advice along the way. 

 Midwife Pictured: Jolene Hamman http://www.springsmidwifery.com/

Midwife Pictured: Jolene Hamman http://www.springsmidwifery.com/

3. They guide...

When needed they are there to help guide you through the process. Through the pregnancy pains, labor pains, even up to helping you catch your baby and bring her safely into your arms. They are even there for the first weeks of life of your sweet new baby. Having one person there that knows you and cares for you and your baby from the start to finish adds a sense of peace to having a baby. 

 Midwife Pictured: Emily Thompson http://organichomebirth.com/

Midwife Pictured: Emily Thompson http://organichomebirth.com/

4. They lend amazing support...

Like I said before, they are there through the entire process. In the hospital this role will be played by 1 or 2 or 3+ nurses. However with a midwife and especially in a homebirth setting; I see time and time again midwives taking the place of these support roles and doing an amazing job at it, if I do say so myself. Doulas are there specifically for that support role, but when one is not present, a midwife can fill those shoes beautifully. 

 Midwife Pictured: Demetra Seriki http://amcdoula.com/index.html

Midwife Pictured: Demetra Seriki http://amcdoula.com/index.html

5. She knows what you need...

Homebirth midwives are amazing at what they do, and they are smart enough to know that sometimes you need to not be at home and you need to go to the hospital. You may go into preterm labor like this mama above, or have another kind of complication that couldn't have been foreseen. She will know when to transfer you, and better yet she will stay with you through it, continuing to offer love and guidance. 

 Midwife Pictured: Christie Sheffer https://www.bluecolumbinebirth.com/

Midwife Pictured: Christie Sheffer https://www.bluecolumbinebirth.com/

6. They are really stinkin' smart...

One thing I do remember about when I was going to my prenatal appointments and all the way through until our last postpartum visit, was thinking how much of a fountain of knowledge my midwife was. There wasn't a question that I had that she didn't have an answer for. From diet, to supplements, nursing, etc... she was always there with an answer. That really put my mind at ease when I went to actually give birth in my home. Being new to all things homebirth, that was really the one thing that I was worried about in the back of my mind; "what happens if?..." But all my "what if" questions were answered with well educated answers. As the time drew nearer to have my baby, I was extremely comfortable with my decision knowing that I had her by my side. 

 Midwife Pictured: Megan Dickey https://www.facebook.com/groups/101594306904551/

Midwife Pictured: Megan Dickey https://www.facebook.com/groups/101594306904551/

7. You don't have to be at home to have a midwife...

Some of my favorite midwife encounters have been in hospitals and in birthing centers. I love that we have these options for those uncomfortable with birthing at home. Most midwives do work in homes, but for those that are interested in having a natural and hands off birthing experience, finding a midwife at a hospital near you may be the way to go.