- What is a midwife?
- How to become a member?
- Aren’t midwives nearly the same as nurses?
- How recognized is midwifery?
- Where do midwives work?
- Can a Midwife look after me without a doctor’s supervision?
- But isn’t it safer to see a private doctor or a doctor at a hospital for maternity care.
- Do I need permission to have my baby at home?
- What is midwife care?
- How effective is midwifery care?
- How does a midwife assists a family other than child birth.
- Can a midwife be self employed?
Q: What is a midwife?
A: A midwife is a specialist who is trained to look after a woman and her baby during pregnancy, labour and after the baby is born, she does not have to call in a doctor unless she sees a problem developing. (FAQ)
Q:How to become a member?
A: Interested midwives or student midwives must submit an application form together with one passport sized photograph and registration fee of $TT20.00. Registration forms can be obtained from TTAM members, Maternity Departments at Port of Spain General Hospital, San Fernando General Hospital, Sangre Grande District Hospital, Tobago Regional Hospital and Mt Hope Women's Hospital. (Read more)(FAQ)
Q: Aren’t midwives nearly the same as nurses?
A: No, although some midwives are also nurses midwifery is a different profession. Midwives are practitioners in their own right, responsible for the care of mainly healthy women and babies, whereas nurses are trained to care for sick people (you can be a midwife without being a nurse).(FAQ)
Q: How recognized is midwifery?
A: Midwives are recognized throughout the world as the maternity care provider. In Trinidad and Tobago midwives provide the bulk of the maternity care – birthing 95% of births yearly (Central Statistics and Statistical Record 1998). (FAQ)
Q: Where do midwives work?
A: The midwife can practice in any setting: hospitals, Health centers or unit, private and independent practices, homes and in any other women’s health care facility or services.(FAQ)
Q: Can a Midwife look after me without a doctor’s supervision?
A: Yes she is trained to do this. Midwives are there to help you.(FAQ)
Q: But isn’t it safer to see a private doctor or a doctor at a hospital for maternity care.
A: Remember, the midwife is the specialist in NORMAL maternity care. Most women, (75%-80%) have normal pregnancy and labor. A midwife’s training and experience develop her skills in recognizing possible problems, so she is the best person to care for a pregnant woman. If problems arise she calls in an obstetrician (the expert in ABNORMAL pregnancy and labor), to supervise the woman’s care.(FAQ)
Q: Do I need permission to have my baby at home?
A: No, it is your right to give birth wherever you choose. The midwife is legally obliged to provide midwifery care.(FAQ)
Q: What is midwife care?
A: Midwives who provide midwifery care in Maternity Services and Clinics are the experts on normal vaginal births. (FAQ)
Q: How effective is midwifery care?
A: The World Health Organization (WHO) results of midwifery care show a low rate of Technological Interventions a low Caesarean Section Rate, and a high rate of Healthy babies. Midwifery run services in five 1st World Nations have the lowest rates of technological interventions and infant mortality rates in the world- Midwives attend 80% of all births.(FAQ)
Q: How does a midwife assists a family other than child birth.
A: Midwives provide advice on common birth problems, teach parental classes and relaxation exercises, educate mothers about nutrition, healthy birth practices, breast feeding and infant care, they also offer families choices of birthing places for their personal comfort and what best suit their needs.(FAQ)
Q: Can a midwife be self employed?
A: A midwife may legally set up her own practice and advertise her services.(FAQ)