"(...) midwives (...) do very valuable work every day. Their knowledge and far-reaching skills are essential for births in this country, but also in many other parts of the world".
All over the world, experienced women assist other women in pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Midwives have fundamental medical, anatomical and obstetrical knowledge, which has been passed down from midwife to midwife for generations.
Midwives provide care for expectant mothers from the beginning of pregnancy to the end of breastfeeding. This can be up to two years or more. During pregnancy, midwives perform or arrange for preventive medical check-ups, support mothers in dealing with health problems, and advise on their choice of birthplace. On the basis of tactile findings, they record, among other things, the size, position and vitality of the child. With the aid of an ear trumpet they can detect the heartbeat of the child.
A midwife is responsible for assessing the condition of the woman, the child and the course of the birth, and decides whether it is necessary to consult a doctor if complications arise. After the birth, she checks the regression of the uterus, monitors the child's development and offers instructions for breast or bottle feeding. She supports families during the transition to a new phase of life. Unfortunately, overwork and high liability risks in Germany today sometimes lead to difficult working conditions for midwives.