The role of a midwife

MotherStories takes you behind the scenes of a birth at the Clinique Générale-Beaulieu. Throughout the year, you will discover our interviews highlighting the different professionals involved in childbirth and the role of each one before, during and after the birth. Today, discover more about the wonderful profession of the midwives with the Interview of Marion Coffy.

Marion Coffy, sage-femme à la clinique Générale-Beaulieu

Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
My name is Marion Coffy, I am 28 years old. I am a midwife and I have been working at the Clinique Générale Beaulieu for more than 3 years now. I work in the delivery room and I also give birth preparation classes (classic or in the pool).

What is your role during childbirth?
As a midwife in the birth room, I monitor labor and provide the couple with tools such as mobility exercises, breathing exercises, and massages to ensure that the birth goes as smoothly as possible. I regularly inform the patient’s obstetrician-gynecologist of the progress of labor and assist the anesthesiologist when an epidural is needed.

At the time of delivery, I prepare the necessary equipment and medications. I am present to encourage and reassure the mother/couple but also to assist the obstetrician-gynecologist. Once the delivery is completed, I monitor the mother and baby for 2 hours during which time various treatments are provided.

As you may have understood, childbirth is a real team effort!

In addition to the doctors, I also collaborate with my nursing assistant partner, my midwife colleague and a childcare nurse or midwife colleague who will come to care for the baby at birth.

What do you do in case of a C-section?
I prepare the mother and the person accompanying her to go to the operating room. I am present for the birth in addition to the OB-GYN and the pediatrician. Once the baby is born and the mother is installed in the recovery room, we join her with the baby and the person accompanying her for skin-to-skin and the first feeding.

And postpartum, during the stay in the maternity ward?
I will perform obstetrical checks on the mother and accompany the parents in the first care of their baby: facial care, cord care, weight check, diaper change, temperature check, bath… I also help the mother with the feeding of her baby whether she is breastfeeding or bottle feeding.

At the end of the stay, I arrange the departure from the maternity ward by contacting the pediatrician, an independent midwife, and the mother’s obstetrician.

Let’s get back to the birth preparation classes. Can you explain their purpose and how they work?
It is about giving tools to future parents before the birth of their child. At the clinic, we offer 4 courses including a practical part with the ball and a theoretical part. The topics covered are the following:

  • The physiological changes of pregnancy
  • The functioning of the maternity ward at the Clinique Générale Beaulieu
  • What you need at home for your baby
  • Preparing your suitcase for the maternity ward
  • Reasons for consulting the maternity ward
  • Physiological childbirth
  • The more medicalized delivery
  • The epidural
  • The stay in the maternity ward
  • The return home

Mothers-to-be also have the opportunity to take prenatal gymnastics classes in the pool in order to maintain a gentle physical activity during their pregnancy, breastfeeding classes, or hypnosis classes. Discover all the classes at the clinic here.

Why did you choose this profession? What motivates you on a daily basis?
Since childhood, I have always been very attracted to pediatrics. At first, I didn’t really know the midwifery profession, but I quickly saw that it was complete, diverse, and rewarding. We know that we will never experience the same day twice. Moreover, having an important role in the health of women and newborns is very rewarding for me.

What motivates me the most is to be able to accompany the parents in this very important stage of their life. We live emotional and unique moments together. I see them arrive as a couple and leave as a family, it’s magical!

Can you share a memorable birth experience?
I remember a patient who wanted to go into a squat position to give birth because she was only comfortable in that position. My colleague and I had to adapt. We found ourselves lying on the floor, flat on our stomachs, to perform this physiological delivery. I remember that we looked at each other and said with a smile that this is why we love our job. We live incredible moments!

If you would like to discover the maternity ward of the Clinique Générale-Beaulieu and meet their wonderful team, book a visit by calling directly +41 22 839 57 07.

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