When we say continuity of care, we mean having the same care provider at every step of your pregnancy. From the first consultation to the final postpartum visit, you’re meeting with the same midwife. This allows you the opportunity to form a bond with a professional, your midwife. This way you can experience the trust, care, and personalization that you’re wanting for your birth.
Because of the demand that hospitals have, the doctors can only do so much. They have so many patients involved in their rotations, it’s impossible for them to offer continuity of care in the manner that a midwife can. As a practice, midwives take on few clients. A doctor might have multiple babies that they deliver while on duty in the same night at the hospital. The number of clients a midwife takes does help to reduce this chance substantially but it’s always possible that when you go into labor, your midwife is already at another birth.
No amount of planning can keep a baby on schedule. Some babies decide to come early and some decide to come late. When this happens, a midwife would send another midwife to come be with you and help you through your birth. Every midwife tries to avoid this as best they can, but it’s not always possible. If this happens, it helps to have a midwife that is part of a group of midwives. The reason this is important is because it helps you to be assured that whoever is sent your way, delivers the same kind of professionalism and care will always be available. When they’re part of the same team, you getting a consistent form of care from midwife to midwife. You know that even though your midwife isn’t there, there is still a measure of continuity of care in play.