Role of a midwife after giving birth

Certified Nurse Midwife Naomi Hannah, CNM, explains the role and benefits of a midwife for the new mother and her baby after birth
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Role of a midwife after giving birth

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The first hour after birth is a very sensitive time for breastfeeding and for bonding. Typically at a hospital birth, the baby is whisked away to a radiant warmer for examination and in case of the need for resuscitation. Basically, the baby is seen as needing help until proven healthy. Whereas, a midwife sees that most babies are born healthy and vigorous. They should be place on the mother and allowed to have skin-to-skin contact. There is this cascade of hormones and emotions that create successful breastfeeding, that really cannot be gotten back if that hour passes. Instead of taking the baby away to be weighed, the midwife will give the baby right to the mother. Everything else can happen later, as long as the baby is healthy.

Certified Nurse Midwife Naomi Hannah, CNM, explains the role and benefits of a midwife for the new mother and her baby after birth

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Naomi Hannah, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Naomi Hannah is a midwife who has worked in several birth settings: she has been a Doula, a Certified Professional Midwife, a labor and delivery nurse, and is now a Certified Nurse Midwife. Naomi has approached the many facets of birthing from various angles; a birth center, a home birth practice, and currently a hospital-based practice. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her partner of 13 years and their two children, Eden who is 10 and Ezra, seven, both born with the help of known donors. Her personal experience and professional skills have made it possible to help other women conceive at home with alternative insemination.  She is also a singer-songwriter who has taught preschool music classes. She enjoys sharing music with her children and watching their musical language unfold. 

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