Model of Care

Celebrating relationship-based care and family-centered, gentle birth. 

Honoring evidence informed practice.

I believe that pregnancy, labor, birth, and lactation are normal rhythms in life. Each is an important experience and journey for the client and family. One of the foundations for a healthy pregnancy is attained through a whole foods-based diet. As a midwife, I am a guardian of normal, physiological pregnancy and birth.

I believe midwifery is an equal partnership between the midwife and client. The client is responsible for their food choices, wellness decisions, and educating themselves further with choices they will need to make regarding pregnancy screenings and newborn screenings. As a midwife, I facilitate informed choices, and evaluate the client and baby to ensure the health and well-being of both. If there is any deviation in normal, I assist my client in obtaining follow-up care.  

I believe in evidence-informed practice. Evidence-Informed practice consists of three components: utilizing my clinical expertise, evaluating best available research evidence, and considering my clients' values and individualized needs. Evidence informed practice is central to ethical, quality care.  It improves client care, facilitates informed choice, and upholds shared decision-making which is at the heart of the Midwives Model of Care.

The Midwives Model of Care

The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.

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 woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.


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Christine Mehl Midwifery LLC, Moorhead, MN       Tel: 218.790.8685

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by Christine Mehl Midwifery LLC