PHILOSOPHY OF MATERNIDAD LA LUZ
The philosophy of Maternidad La Luz is based on the principles of the Midwives Model of Care™. These principles acknowledge and recognize pregnancy and birth as normal and important life events. The midwifery model of care includes:
• monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle;
• providing the mother with individualized education, counseling and prenatal care, and continuous support and assistance during labor, delivery and the postpartum period;
• minimizing technological interventions;
• and identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.
This model not only provides good care for birthing women and their babies, but also has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma and cesarean section.
The understanding that midwives respect and support women so that they may give birth safely and with power and dignity is fundamental to Maternidad La Luz’s philosophy of care.
• We respect the diversity of personal and cultural backgrounds of women and their families, and we strive to respond to women’s social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs.
• We believe women should have the option of economical and cost effective health care.
• We believe that women have a right to choose the place of their birth and to birth in a safe, nurturing place assisted by caring attendants. Midwifery care includes health education and counseling to enable women to make informed choices and decisions.
• We encourage women to actively participate in their care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
• We believe it is important to encourage and support women who have chosen to be midwives, answering the need in our society to support women and their families through the natural, healthy process of pregnancy and childbirth.
• We believe midwives are best taught the art and practice of midwifery by experienced midwives from diverse backgrounds.
• We believe that the Midwives’ Alliance of North America (MANA) Core Competencies provide the student with a solid academic foundation. Academic knowledge must be supported by experience.
• We believe that the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) requirements provide the student with solid clinical skills.
• We believe student midwives should have ample opportunity for hands-on learning supported by theoretical learning in the classroom.
• We believe that student midwives should begin developing their critical thinking skills to ensure lifelong evidence-based midwifery practice.
• We believe that learning midwifery in an out-of-hospital birth center prepares midwives to practice both in birth centers and in the home.
• We believe midwifery education should be accessible to students of all economic backgrounds.
• We believe student midwives have much to offer midwifery through their commitment, insights and life experience.
• We believe students benefit from exploring their experiences and expressing their ideas. Their unique perspectives and program evaluations continually help shape and improve the program at Maternidad La Luz.
• We believe it is important for midwives to work together to assure the continuation of the profession of midwifery.
• We believe that by supporting each other and sharing knowledge and experience, midwives improve the care they provide to women and their babies.
Maternidad La Luz concurs with the International Confederation of Midwives definition of a midwife:
A midwife is a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational programme, duly recognized in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery.
The midwife is recognized as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.
The midwife has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and child care.
A midwife may practise in any setting including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units.
(Adopted by the International Confederation of Midwives Council meeting, 19 July 2005.)
THE MISSION OF MATERNIDAD LA LUZ
The mission of Maternidad La Luz is:
• to provide excellence in health care delivery to pregnant, birthing, and postpartum women and their families, and
• to promote excellence in direct entry midwifery education
THE GOALS OF THE MIDWIFERY PROGRAM
The goals of the Midwifery Program, providing students from around the world the academic foundation and clinical experience to become midwives, are:
• To promote and support the continuation of direct-entry midwifery as an essential and viable option for women wanting to birth outside the hospital system and for women wanting to become midwives
• To provide a strong academic foundation based on the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Core Competencies as stated in the learning objectives of the course curriculum
• To provide clinical experience necessary to meet the requirements for licensure by the State of Texas and certification by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)
• To provide complete midwifery care based on a midwifery model using the protocols and regulations of the Texas Birth Center Laws, the Texas Midwifery Standards, and MLL protocols
• To provide an atmosphere where students can learn, gain confidence in their skills and grow professionally and personally as midwives
• To promote the bond of sisterhood, trust, and support of midwives for midwives
• To encourage student awareness of the politics of the profession of midwifery on a local, national, and international level
• To foster an understanding of the importance of self-regulation and self evaluation in the form of peer review
THE GOALS OF THE BIRTH CENTER
The Birth Center at Maternidad La Luz provides quality services for the El Paso, Cuidad Juárez, Mexico and Southern New Mexico community.
• To provide safe, affordable care by trained direct-entry midwives.
• To educate and empower women regarding childbirth based on the principles of informed choice.
• To establish a well-organized, well-managed birth center that makes an essential contribution to the community.
• To provide employment, job security and professional advancement for well-trained midwives.
• To provide an opportunity to student midwives for hands-on learning.
• To maintain a healthy and safe workplace.