Colorado Alliance of Independent Midwives (C-AIM) is a not-for-profit organization of midwives and midwifery advocates upholding homebirth midwifery in Colorado as an autonomous profession with education at its core.
C-AIM’s vision is that every pregnant woman in Colorado has access to midwifery care within her community and respects homebirth as a quality health care option.
The activities of C-AIM are guided by the values of education, empowerment, inclusion, nurturance, and participation in our interactions with each other in the midwifery community, the families we serve, and the larger community.
We love to share experiences of moms who have already gone through the process of natural birth. In this post I like to share a story from Elle Lindquist who had a drug free labor and shares some great tips when it comes the whole process. Elle talks about certain support structures that will assist and keep you on the right path. Furthermore she discusses how Doctors traditionally want you to give birth while on your back and why this might not be the best position. Find the rest of her tips in the video below:
Are you thinking of having a natural birth instead of doing a c-section? Although natural birth can be very painful for women it’s a very natural step in their lives which they will remember for a long time to come. If you are prepared for natural birth it can be a very empowering process for you as women. There are also some benefits to natural birth vs modern techniques such as:
Very little potential for side effect or harm to occur to your baby
It often leaves women feeling stronger and more empowered
Your husband can help you during the process
The process is more natural and you need less help with regards to contractions
Find out what other women have to say about natural birth and if it was as painful as most say it is…
Given birth to a baby is a very beautiful thing and although we focus on this website encouraging midwifery and healthy child birth not too often do we get time to talk about postnatal support. When a women give’s birth to a child they put their bodies under tremendous amounts of stress and endure pain only they can understand. Men, listen up, you’ll never be able to experience what they have so just take our word for it and support your wife / partner during this time.
After the child has been born a women’s body needs time to heal and according to Michelle Collins, a certified nurse & midwife, women often times feel that they don’t need help. According to Michelle after birth it can be hard do complete simple daily tasks like making food, doing the laundry etc. until your body has completely healed. Women should not feel bad to accept help from people, a spouse or other family members. Instead focus on what matter, and if you plan on breast feeding get that process going with you and your baby.
Often time’s new moms forget that breastfeeding is not an instant process and they need to get into a rhythm with their baby. On average it takes about 2 weeks to develop that rhythm according to Michelle. Furthermore women should remember to get as much sleep as possible in order recover and heal – another great reason to accept help from those around you.
You can view the video with Michelle Collins speaking about postnatal assistance here.
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After our previous post on Midwifery and the video from Ellie Durant which was more information than I ever could imagine. YouTube really is a great place for information. Although her video was very informative I know that not everyone has the time to watch a 6-10 minute video about midwifery so I’ve went and found a shorter version for those women who would like to become a midwife. In this version a midwife is interviewed and a quick demonstration about how the baby is born, what they check for (with regards to health) is given. It’s very much the same as the previous video however I feel that there is never a point where you can’t have to much information. Have a look at the video below:
This website was offline for a while and we brought it back to life with the goal of education women, wifes, mothers and even soon-to-be dads about midwifery, pregnancy and looking after your baby. What will follow is a set of posts and videos aiming to give you tips and helping you. For our first installment we’ll be looking at a video from Ellie Durant at midwifediaries.com on what it’s like to be a midwife, what to consider and a day in her life…