The birth of a child is a life-changing experience and fundamental to a midwife’s role is ensuring it’s one which is positive and safe for both mother and baby. With epidurals, inductions and caesareans on the rise, vaginal births without any procedures or interventions are decreasing – does this matter? What role can a midwife play here?
In this episode of The Beat podcast our host Gill, invites a fellow midwife to talk about the topic of ‘normal’ or ‘physiological’ birth. Together, they discuss what this really means to women; what factors influence mode of birth today; and what role healthcare professionals play in this. Recognising that what’s most important is ensuring every woman has a safe and positive birth experience, they share their own thoughts on how best to support this. From the importance of antenatal education and planning during pregnancy, to creating a comfortable environment on the labour ward, they share their tips and advice to help ensure women can look back on their experience with positivity and warmth.