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FAQ's Midwife Info:

1.) What is a midwife? A midwife assists a woman with birth. This includes prenatal, postpartum, and newborn care; in addition she can provide well-woman gynecology such as regular PAP smears. Traditionally, a midwife was female, often an older family member such as a grandmother or aunt. She was often also a general healer for the community. Midwives are used to this day in most traditional cultures, and in many "modern" countries such as the Netherlands. In America, the rise of the American medical system during the 19th century led to births in hospitals with obstetricians becoming the norm. However, many people still continue to use midwives and give birth at home or in a birth center. 

2.) What is a Doula? A labor doula or birth companion is a person who is knowledgeable about and experienced in the birth process. A labor doula provides emotional, physical, and informational support to a mother before, during and just after childbirth.A postpartum doula is someone who helps families during the transition after birth. A postpartum doula is educated in assisting the family with needs as they change on a day-to-day basis. They nurture the mother and provide experience and education on maternal/infant care. Postpartum doulas also recognize the family’s needs and help guide new parents in making informed choices about newborn care, breastfeeding and family well-being. 

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