We are a fully licensed, free-standing birth center located in Cleburne, Texas offering both birth center and home birth options. We serve a large area reaching from north Fort Worth to Dallas, Waco, Stephenville, and all areas in between (an approximate 80 mile radius).
We view our profession as a ministry and service to women from all walks of life and hope to make a difference in the life of every mother we serve. We believe that support and encouragement during the childbearing years are vital for the success and well-being of the mother in achieving a natural birth, being able to successfully breastfeed, and in learning good parenting skills. We believe women’s bodies were created to give birth and we desire to instill confidence in our clients through education, information, and support.
History of Edenway
The birth center was started by several men and their families who saw a need to provide the community with an alternative to hospital birth. These families are firm believers in the midwifery model of care. The owners have left the management of their birth center in very capable hands. It is run by an administrator, a team of midwives, their assistants and several students. Because Edenway’s midwives are passionate about educating apprentice midwives to carry on their mission, their apprentice midwives are actively involved in client care. They are an asset to the midwives and the clients, helping to create a birth team that adequately meets the clients’ needs.
What We Believe
At Edenway, we believe and practice the midwifery model of care. We encourage you to understand the difference between this and the medical model of care, and to realize that there is a full spectrum of care providers. Each one is unique. There are midwives who lean more toward the medical model of care, just as there are doctors who practice the midwifery model of care in a hospital setting. Take the time to ask questions and understand the philosophy behind the practice of your care provider.
Midwives Model of Care
Definition of Birth:
- Birth is a social event; a normal part of a woman’s life.
- Birth is the work of the woman and her family.
- The woman is a person experiencing a life-transforming event.
- Home or other familiar surroundings.
- Continuity of care.
- Parents are active participants in their own care.
Philosophy and Practice:
- See birth as a holistic process.
- Shared decision-making.
- No class distinction between birthing women and caregivers.
- Equal relationship.
- Information shared with an attitude of personal caring.
- Informed consent is a priority.
- Longer, more in-depth prenatal visits.
- Often strong emotional support.
- Familiar language and imagery used.
- Awareness of spiritual significance of birth
- Believes in integrity of birth; uses technology if appropriate and proven.
Medical Model of Care
Definition of Birth:
- Childbirth is a potentially pathological process.
- Birth is the work of doctors, nurses, midwives and other experts.
- The woman is a patient.
- Hospital; likely unfamiliar territory to the woman.
- Hierarchical system of care.
- The woman may be a passive recipient of care.
Philosophy and Practice:
- Trained to focus on the medical aspects of birth.
- “Professional” care that is often authoritarian.
- Often a class distinction between obstetrician and patients.
- Dominant-subordinate relationship.
- Information about health, disease and degree of risk not shared with the patient adequately.
- Brief, often depersonalized care.
- Little emotional support
- Use of medical language.
- Spiritual aspects of birth are ignored or treated as embarrassing.
- Values technology, often without proof that it improves birth outcome.
Midwives Model of Care™
The Midwives Model of Care™ is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The Midwives 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, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- Minimizing technological interventions
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this model has been proven to reduce to incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
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