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Sustainable Practice in Community Based Midwifery

Community based midwives in America are working themselves to exhaustion. Struggling to maintain the one-to-one care model made popular by traditional American midwives before the turn of the 20th century, contemporary American midwives have found themselves locked into a care-model that is unsustainable in our current culture and health care system. This presentation will identify the ways community midwifery in the United States developed differently than other helping professions, specifically ones that have greater work-life balance, or “sustainability”, and then explore options that preserve the best parts of the Midwives Model of Care™ while allowing for community midwives to enjoy a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.

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