I had the blessed opportunity to sit at the feet of Mama Sherry Payne and learn the value of a village prenatal. We recognize that standard obstetric care allocates about 15 minutes for a prenatal visit and that time slot is often double booked. So that puts a strain on both the provider and the expecting family. 7.5 minutes is simply not enough time to deliver comprehensive care to an expecting family.
In my own personal experience as a doula and childbirth educator, I've heard clients say that they didn't have enough time to ask questions or enough time to talk through issues they were having during their pregnancy.
Sherry explained to me that her models allocates about an hour and a half for prenatal appointments. I was able to witness and learn from the innovative methodologies by which she addressed the entire woman. The Village Prenatal model is not about zooming in on her belly only, and forgetting the rest of the mom. To the contrary, the visit aims to address the whole mother. Her thoughts, fears, concerns, wellness, worries, and family all affect the outcome of her pregnancy. The idea is to give her time and support in addressing all issues.
Also, the incorporation of doulas and community mamas during the visit was helpful to the mother. She felt supported and affirmed. The doulas and community mamas backed up the efforts of the midwife, and as a collective, we put our intentions towards supporting this mom to full-term so that the entire village can rejoice when a chunky, healthy baby is born.
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