Notes taken from a talk by Carol Gautschi, CPM LM
Before the first interview
Make sure that the woman knows who you are and how you work- you need to be sure that you are a good match. Having a website can help with this, some details on your website could be
- How I became a midwife
- Birth classes I teach
- How and when I conduct interviews
- Herbal birth aids
- Disclosure- what I offer
- Recommendations- herbal and dietary
- It’s good to work on your perceptive skills, look in their eyes, read their body language.
- We assist women to own their births- Midwifery is deeply spiritual and the ultimate feminine experience, women together are a tribe.
- TRUTH , HONESTY AND REALITY CREATE RESPECT!
- Pregnancy is a path of discovery and we are there to assist and support women on their journey.
- If you have no confidence in the woman to birth then get over yourself and pass her on to someone else
- Assist her to be able to refuse your care – give her the option to finish your relationship
- Take all women to a ‘Designer Birth’ level of her care – MIDWIFERY IS AN ARTFORM!
- Do your best to not speak in absolutes-‘ Never’ is not as good as ‘seldom’
- Continuity of care is really important, it allows the midwife to build a unique relationship with the mother that is filled with LOVE and the more love there is the more oxytocin there is so the better the birth experience will be.
Questions to ask during the interview
- How is your nutrition?
- Do you have a homebirth consent form and is it signed?
- Do you know the risks and benefits of homebirth?
- What is your and your families birth history
- How do you deal with pain?
- Why do you want to have a homebirth?
- Help the woman and the family to become self-empowered
- Assist the family to create their own birth experience
- Be ATTENTIVE, OBSERVENT AND SUPPORTIVE
- Become invisible but still assist
- Give recommendations but release them to make their own choices
Carols Birth Infusion
- take a handful of organic herbs: 2parts raspberry leaves, 2 parts nettle leaves, 1 part alfalfa, 1 part oatstraw
- get a litre jug and put the herbs into the bottom of the jug
- pour boiling water over the herbs
- cover tightly and let stand overnight
- strain the mixture and press the juice from the herbs
- drink freely throughout the day
- repeat at night
Carol Gautschi is a midwife who speaks so passionately about her art and craft of midwifery that she makes me cry and goose pimples rise on my skin! If you want to know more about her, check out her website – http://gentlebirths.net/ – big fairy love, Lara xxxxxxxxxxxxx