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PHILOSOPHY
Moonstone Midwifery Philosophy

Childbirth is a powerful rite-of-passage, whether it’s your first baby or last. Every parent desires and deserves a healthy baby and a safe journey through this transition. At Moonstone Midwifery, I believe in a woman and child’s right to a safe, empowering, and joyful birth experience.

~ I trust women’s bodies. Women have been giving birth successfully for all of human history. Risks are minimized when pregnancy and birth are allowed to progress normally. Un-medicated, uninterrupted births result in smooth hormonal and neuro-chemical releases within a woman’s body and encourage the baby to be alert and participatory in the birth experience. Natural birth facilitates bonding and primes the mother and child for breastfeeding; mothers and babies benefit in health and spirit when natural birth is protected.

~ As a midwife, my job is to be a guardian of the wide spectrum of what is normal. For example, it is ‘normal’ to recognize a due range instead of a due date. ‘Normal’ weight gain in pregnancy is a wide range for different body types.

~ If something comes up that is outside of that healthy spectrum, you will be offered choices about health care and treatment options, including herbal and nutritional remedies, and referrals to other health care practitioners when indicated.

~ I respect your choices. I support your efforts to inform yourself and to be inquisitive. I thank you for what you teach me.

~ Your choice of a natural, physiologic birth is a basic human right.

~ Together, we work in a loving environment of mutual trust to bring about the best outcomes for each mother and child.

Fears arise and dissipate. Ideals are created and surrendered. Identities as ‘mother’ or 'father' grow and evolve. Giving birth can be loud or quiet, long or short, intimate or social, painful or blissful, and often, in its wholeness, is a mixture of many of these things and more. My philosophy embraces all of these experiences as essential parts of the process.



“A healthy woman who delivers spontaneously performs a job that cannot be improved upon.” ~ Aidan MacFarlane author of The Psychology of Childbirth (1977)

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