The Midwife - Until birth and beyond

Midwifery is one of the oldest professions in the world. Its origins can be traced back several millennia to ancient Egypt. In ancient Greece and Rome, midwives were of a high social standing and were mentioned in the writings of Greek scholars and in the Old Testament. One of the earliest midwifery texts is "Gynaikeia", a textbook written in the 2nd century by the Greek physician Soranos of Ephesus.


Nowadays, the job profile has become a highly specialized. A midwife monitors the course of pregnancy and is able to do most of the check-ups. She then takes care of the birth preparation, guides women through the birth and carries out the first examination of the newborn. However, her job is not done once the baby is delivered. 
In the following weeks, a midwife usually provides further guidance to the mother and her newborn. During regular home visits, she oversees the mother's recovery from pregnancy, provides advice to young parents and monitors the child's development. During their first phase of life, the child's height, weight and head circumference should be monitored closely to recognize deviations and developmental delays as early as possible.


For this purpose, midwives can choose from a large number of precise length measuring systems  and baby scales. Specifically designed for mobile use, the baby scale seca 354 can be easily brought to each home visit. It covers all requirements and can precisely measure a newborn's weight, up to 5 grams exactly. The circumference measuring tape seca 212 and the mobile measuring mat seca 210 allow for the head circumference and size of the child to be measured quickly and easily. For a midwife’s work in hospitals, the new baby scale seca 336 i simplifies and optimizes work processes. By adding the measuring rod seca 232 n, the child's size and weight can be measured in just one step. Thanks to modern wifi-technology, seca's baby scales can be easily integrated into already existing office networks.

The optional extension of a barcode scanner also facilitates identification. The measurement results are transmitted wirelessly and can be put into a digital file directly, accelerating work processes and allowing more time for holistic care in this important phase of life. With these new technologies, time-consuming transfers, mix-ups and spelling errors are a thing of the past. Much like their historical role models, modern midwives contribute greatly to the obstetrics and health of a mother and child, as well as their medical assistance.


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