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Midwife: This is how she helps with pregnancy and childbirth

Which midwives are there?

Freelance midwife: Her areas of responsibility include prevention during pregnancy, home births and postpartum care. She is usually on call and can therefore be reached by the pregnant woman or woman who has recently given birth outside of her working hours in an emergency. As a rule, however, she cannot manage hospital births.

Document midwife: She is also a freelance midwife, but has an occupational contract with one or more maternity clinics or birth centers. The care and accompaniment of the pregnant woman as well as the birth take place in the clinic to which the midwife is contractually bound. Women who would like to see a familiar face in the delivery room should choose a midwife for pregnancy advice. For the period of permanent on-call duty, for example between the 37th and 42nd week of pregnancy, there is usually a so-called on-call duty fee, which the pregnant woman has to pay herself. Ultimately, however, there is no guarantee or entitlement that the selected midwife actually looks after the birth.

Employed midwife: She works permanently in a clinic and is employed there in the delivery room, on the maternity ward or in the children's ward.

Family midwife: Their work differs from that of other midwives. She looks after families in problematic situations after the birth of a child - even after childbirth - and can thus help to establish a good bond between mother and child despite the difficulties.