The trend of midwives has been around for years; however, the trend has seen recent growth, and continues to gain popularity.
As a result of the recent demand, Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo is expanding its midwife program. For those unfamiliar with the term, a midwife is essentially another woman helping someone through her pregnancy.
Jill Waddle and Kim Boote have known each other for six years now. Boote is her midwife, and is helping Waddle welcome baby number four.
"My favorite is to help women through labor and birth, that experience is a life-changing moment for them and they'll remember it forever. and so it's really a special moment for us," Boote said.
It's an emotional time too, as a strong bond often develops between the patient and her midwife.
"It's comforting, it's comforting to have a woman walk through the journey with you, through the whole prenatal care, through the delivery of the baby," Waddle said.
Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo says more women are wanting these kinds of relationships, so its expanding its midwife program.
"We are seeing a demand, the midwives do an excellent job of care, they can take care of patients and can take care bascically from teenage to older years, and needs of many, many women," Teresa Horak said, Director of Womens and Childrens Services.
Soon, the midwives will have their own clinic. While it's moving locations to a new building, it will remain on the Covenant campus in Waterloo.
The goal is to have a team of seven midwives by the start of next year, equipped with 4-D ultra sound and lab services.
The move for the midwife program is expected to happen by the end of the summer.
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