Current concepts of midwifery practice
Thus a midwife’s most basic responsibility to her clients is to do her utmost to promote comfort, relaxation and peace of mind. Her skills encompass both medical techniques and less concrete abilities to intuit, evoke and channel. Her hands are probably her most precious tools, as she senses, blesses and heals with her touch. The manner in which a midwife assists a birth definitely influences both pleasure and safety. She serves as a mirror, offering appropriate, timely suggestions. She strives continually to reserve judgment and yet speak the truth. (Davis, 1987, p. 7)
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