At the next Sarasota City Commission meeting, Monday, October 4th at 6:00 pm, Mayor Kelly Kirschner will proclaim October 4-8 Sarasota Licensed Midwives Week. The first full week in October is annually proclaimed Florida Licensed Midwives Week by the office of the Governor, coinciding with National Midwifery Week, which recognizes certified nurse-midwives.
This proclamation will pay tribute to the skilled, individualized care that licensed midwives offer women and their families throughout the childbearing cycle. It will signify the strong contribution licensed midwives make to the health and well-being of our community's mothers and babies through appropriate care and treatment in all phases of childbirth.
The Midwives Model of Care™ is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The application of this model has been proven to reduce to incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. The Midwives Model of Care includes:
- monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle;
- providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support;
- minimizing technological interventions; and
- identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.
I am so proud to live in a city that recognizes the value and service our midwives provide. I know that many people reading this blog share this sentiment, and I encourage you to bring your families to City Hall next Monday evening and show your support for this proclamation. Contact your local media, your elected officials, and most importantly your midwives, and communicate how important their service is to you. Spread the word about the overwhelming body of evidence supporting the safe, cost-effective, nurturing model of care these practitioners offer our families.