The Ginger Midwife gives women and families the option to experience birth in the privacy, gentleness, and comfort of home, offering an alternative to a hospital birth experience
Judy Hagan RN, CNM received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1982 and worked in a variety of settings as a nurse including Oncology, ICU, Pediatrics and Labor and Delivery. She also worked in a free standing Birth Center for five years as a nurse, childbirth educator and doula. She graduated from The Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery in 1994. After working in the hospital as a midwife, she started her home birth practice in 1997 and has since provided care for over 1,000 New Jersey families. Judy has also studied herbal, holistic and homeopathic medicine and integrates these disciplines into her practice. She is the mother of four children and two grandchildren.
OUR PHILOSOPHY OF CARE
The Midwifery Model of Care is predicated on the following tenets: Pregnancy and childbirth are usually normal physiological processes. Midwives promote and advocate for non-intervention in normal childbirth. Midwifery care takes place in partnership with women, recognizing the right to self-determination, and is respectful, personalized, continuous and non authoritarian. Midwives practice in collaboration and consultation with other health professionals to serve the needs of the woman, her newborn, family and community. Midwives are the most appropriate care provider to attend childbearing women.
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MAKING THE DECISION TO HAVE A HOMEBIRTH
The central reason women and their families choose homebirth is that they want to fully participate in their birth, to have the supportive presence of those closest to them, and to be in the privacy and peacefulness of home. Although many women choose homebirth instinctively, they sometimes find themselves defending their decision to friends, family members and others who have different beliefs about birth. While contemplating the ideal setting for birth, families must consider whether or not they can feel safe giving birth at home.
Women and their families can gain comfort from the following research on the safety of homebirth:
· High quality controlled trials and descriptive studies have shown strong evidence that planned homebirths in the care of a qualified health care provider achieve superior perinatal outcomes, with no increase in risk to mother or baby. · Planned homebirths with qualified providers have also been found to result in a large reduction in the use of medical interventions including C-section, use of forceps and vacuum, labor induction and augmentation, spinal-epidural anesthesia and unnecessary separation of mother and baby during postpartum recovery. · A decrease in unnecessary C-sections may in turn decrease risk of newborn complications such as respiratory distress, prolonged hospitalization and transfer into a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Recent research has shown that unnecessary C-sections may increase the risk of such complications.