What is a Midwife?

Midwives are skilled specialists in normal birth, and are trained to recognize possible problems. If problems arise, they call in an obstetrician, the expert in abnormal pregnancy and labor.....

".......The midwife must be able to give the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period, to conduct deliveries on her own responsibility and to care for the newborn and the mother. This care includes preventative measures, the detection of abnormal conditions in mother and child, the procurement of medical assistance and the execution of emergency measures in the absence of medical help. She has an important task in health counseling and education, not only for the patients, but also within the family and community.”  International Confederation of Midwives

......Midwives are the only people whose training is concerned solely with maternity care. Midwives view pregnancy and birth as normal states for healthy mothers. The majority of births in the world are attended by a midwife.

My Philosophy

Pregnancy, childbirth and breast feeding are normal and natural functions of a woman's body, mind and emotions.  The midwife's job is to assist the birthing couple in the journey through pregnancy, labor and birth by monitoring that natural process.  Childbirth is not an illness, but should be a family-centered event and that the midwife's role is to enhance, not usurp, the family's power of unity.

The midwife is a skilled specialist in attending normal birth, giving care and advice to the mother during her pregnancy, labor and birth.  The midwife maintains respect for the integrity of the birthing family and the naturally bestowed ability of a woman to bear a child.  Out of respect for the birthing process, interference is an unwise interruption of the body's normal function, a midwife carefully watches and guides the birthing process, assisting the family to give birth in the way that is of their choosing, thereby respecting the sacredness of the family and its rites of passage.
Margie Dacko, Certified Midwife
Welcome! My name is Margie Dacko and I am a Las Vegas midwife attending home births in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and surrounding communities.  If you have any questions about midwifery, home birth, water birth, VBAC, pregnancy, please call me at (702) 433-8533
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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Margie Dacko, CM
The Midwife House
286 Merrick Way
Henderson, NV 89014