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The role of a midwife in pregnancy, birth and beyond

How can a midwife help you in the delivery room?

A midwife renders continuous nursing care to women in labour in collaboration with doctors and other allied healthcare team members when needed.

For example, at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, midwives work with a team of highly skilled and experienced doctors in the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology, and neonatology to ensure that whether you are pregnant or a new mum, your every single need is taken care of.

Can a midwife deliver a baby without the presence of an OG?

Yes, midwives in Singapore can conduct deliveries.

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If you are having issues breastfeeding your newborn, a midwife can definitely help you.

How do you choose a midwife?

You can refer to the list of qualified midwives that should be available at your hospital, or ask your OG to refer you to one. Rest assured that all midwives are competent as they are licensed by the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB).

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Midwives are well trained in the care of newborn babies too.

What’s the benefit of having a midwife through pregnancy and in the delivery room?

Pleasant experience: Labour and childbirth can be tough and quite challenging for some women. However, a skilled midwife will be able to support a woman through labour and birth, ensuring that she is comfortable and in control of the birth process.

Smooth delivery: Midwives believe in minimum medical intervention during labour and birth. Because of this, women get to experience childbirth as naturally as possible.

Safe outcome for mother and baby: Studies show that there are reduced mortality and morbidity rates due to Caesarean and other medical interventions when a midwife is present with a woman during birth.

To find out more about maternity services at Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, please visit the following pages:

Mount Elizabeth Hospital:https://www.facebook.com/mountelizabethhospital

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital:https://www.facebook.com/mountelizabethnovenahospital

Pregnant.sg would like to thank Ms Adeline Kooh for her contribution to this article.

We hope you found this information useful. If you’ve experienced having a midwife attend to you during pregnancy and beyond, please share your experience with us by leaving a comment below.

References:

Rooks, JP, 1999. J Nurse Midwifery. Jul-Aug; 44(4):370-4.

http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/midwives/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10466283

http://www.mountelizabeth.com.sg/specialties/medical-specialties/women-gynaecology/

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