Social Justice & Midwifery

…It recognizes the social determinants of health and addresses mothers without guilt, shame, or fear. It recognizes the need of every human being to be heard, understood, and felt in their healthcare. It sees the starting point as unique for each family and conforms to the goals and desires of the families in care. Midwives operate outside the larger healthcare system but as partners with it. We offer care on your terms, never requiring you to miss work or leave your children to come to an appointment…

Midwifery meets families where they are at.  It crosses socio-economic lines while providing the same high quality, individualized care for all.  It recognizes the social determinants of health and addresses mothers without guilt, shame, or fear.  It recognizes the need of every human being to be heard, understood, and felt in their healthcare.  It sees the starting point as unique for each family and conforms to the goals and desires of the families in care.  Midwives operate outside the larger healthcare system but as partners with it.  We offer care on individualized terms, never requiring a parent to miss work or leave children to come to an appointment.  It is a family affair and everyone will have a role and purpose in the progression of pregnancy, birth, and the early time together.  Midwives bring parents and babies together–they are seen as one.  The language and behavior of your midwife will reflect this paradigm.  Partners are welcome and learn how to feel where baby is, listen to the heart beat and develop support that works best for them.

Midwives are welcoming to all, provide care that is relevant to the life and needs of each family, and is truly dedicated to partnering with families as they explore, develop knowledge, and make decisions in their healthcare.

Midwives are trained in all obstetrical emergencies and have finely-tuned skills to address them if and when they arise.  Yet, midwives practice from a place that trusts women’s bodies and babies as real experts in this process of pregnancy and birth.  Women have been carrying and birthing children since the beginning of humanity, and for nearly all of that time other women have learned the art and science of supporting their physical and emotional health to acheive excellent outcomes in all communities across the world.

Midwifery is…

…Early, Often and Easy to Access appointments.
On time, every time, all the time you need.
Your midwife is your midwife, you’ll see her at each visit…

  • Preconception Counseling
    • Timing your pregnancy
    • Understanding your cycle
    • Your health, your baby’s health
    • Stress and Recovery Plan
    • Choosing a provider
  • Prenatal Care
    • Early, Often and Easy to Access appointments
    • On time, every time, all the time you need
    • Your midwife is your midwife, you’ll see her at each visit
    • All screens and tests offered (blood work, testing, ultrasounds)
    • Shared, education-based decision making
    • Appointments in the clinic, your home, or place of work
    • Appointments on evenings or weekends
    • Evidence-based, individualized care for all
    • Visits once per month (or more as needed) until week 32, then visits at week 34, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
    • Monthly phone check-ins between appointments
  • Birth
    • At your home or in the birth center, or a planned hospital birth with a physician
    • Attended by your midwife and her team that you will have spent time with prenatally
    • Midwife brings all equipment, supplies, and medication to your birth.  This includes fetal monitor, IV fluids, oxygen, sterile instruments, and suturing equipment
    • Midwife stays at your home until mother and baby are stable and fed and demonstrate comfort with her leaving (usually 4-6 hours)
    • Family stays in birth center until mother and baby are stable and fed and demonstrate comfort with her leaving (usually 4-6 hours)
  • Postpartum
    • Newborn screens, birth certificates
    • Home visits on days 1, 3, 5, and 7 (more often if needed)
    • Clinic visits on weeks 2, 4, and 6 for mom and baby
    • Referrals for pediatric care and well woman care

 

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Midwifery Holds

…The midwife defends this paradigm at all points in care while bringing to the table complete knowledge of perinatal care for mother and baby and highly refined skills for the prenatal care, birth, and postpartum time…

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The essence of midwifery is that there is a space created on the family’s terms in which midwife, parents, siblings, and baby work together to develop and promote the primary role that each family plays in the pregnancy.  Baby grows to perfection without permission from any outside sources.  The midwife recognizes the baby as a unique individual that is on a journey of her own long before the day of birth.  The midwife comes to the mother and baby to celebrate this process.  To use skills and knowledge to promote their best health.  To share her vision for maternal-child health and to deliver the resources needed to accomplish this for each family.

The goals of the midwife are:

  • To ensure that each mother and family hold their baby for the first time and meet them from a place of physical and emotional health.
  • That parents go on to hold their babies from a place of wisdom and strength that comes with the transition into parenthood.
  • That families are reassured that, as Donald Winnicot taught us

When you hold your baby you are doing something of importance…what happens in your arms is a little part in the way in which you give a good foundation for the mental health of this new member of the community…You are a specialist in this particular matter of care of your own children. (paraphrased)

The midwife defends this paradigm at all points in care while bringing to the table complete knowledge of perinatal care for mother and baby and highly refined skills for the prenatal care, birth, and postpartum time.

Midwives launch parents who recognize the value of their own knowledge and abilities.  When the day comes to part, they leave care in vigorous strength and health with access to resources that can be used to build a future of good health for their families.

How has your healthcare become a catalyst for your health?

{read on: But what exactly, is midwifery care?}

Welcome

…passionate about the intersection of social justice and healthcare…dedicated to healthcare that meets families where they are at, suits their cultural and social needs and gets life with new baby started from a place of health and strength…

My name is Jodilyn Owen.

Please review my CV and let me know how we can work together.  I am passionate about the intersection of social justice and healthcare, and find that midwives do great work on the front lines of public health.  I am dedicated to creating meaningful connections for community-based perinatal healthcare and the larger healthcare system.  Most of all, I love mothers and babies and believe that they have the right to healthcare that meets them where they are at, suits their cultural and social needs and gets life with new baby started from a place of health and strength.

Contact me with questions or comments, I look forward to talking with you!

Introduction

Midwifery is the confluence of love and justice and healthcare…

My name is Jodilyn Owen.

Please review my CV and let me know how we can work together.  I am passionate about the intersection of social justice and healthcare, and find that midwives do great work on the front lines of public health.  I am dedicated to creating meaningful connections for community-based perinatal healthcare and the larger healthcare system.  Most of all, I love mothers and babies and believe that they have the right to healthcare that meets them where they are at, suits their cultural and social needs and gets life with new baby started from a place of health and strength.

Contact me with questions or comments, I look forward to talking with you!