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List: Posted: 10/12/11
When people hear the term “midwife” most people will assume that you might be from Amish Country and are deciding on having a home birth where you willingly choose to be surrounded by everyone from the village to witness the miracle of Life. The truth is that this idea doesn’t come without some forbearance of accuracy.
The History of the Midwife
100 years ago when the use of midwives was more popular then Obstetricians, life probably more closely resembled that of an Amish Village then the hustle and bustle of society today. But in the modern world, midwives come with degrees, training and menagerie of unique skill sets that make them much more savvy than the midwives of yesterday.
Today, a certified nurse midwife will have gone through 1-3 years of more schooling than the basic foundational education required of registered nurses, depending upon the extent of their education, their exact degree and the state in which they studied. The men and women who have chosen to take this rapidly growing career path just might be more suited to deliver your baby than your every day Obstetrician.
It’s not to say that OB’s don’t do a fine job of delivering babies every day, but the reality is that their skill sets lie within surgery or more acutely delivering babies via cesarean section or in high-risk pregnancies. Midwives thrive in low risk pregnancies which account for more than 75% of deliveries in the US.
The Midwife Vs the Obstetrician
I am sure dozens of mothers who have had a hospital birth have realized that their OB’s are rarely in the delivery room throughout their labor, and in most cases show up a matter of seconds before the baby comes out - and in some instances don’t even make it there in enough time. It’s not that they don’t enjoy delivering babies the natural way, but the truth is that catching a baby doesn’t require the same skills as taking one out via a C-Section.
So why do we choose to have doctors most specifically recognized as Obstetricians deliver babies when Certified Nurse Midwives might be better suited for the task?
The Question of Education
Well, for starters, it’s a lack of education on what CNM’s (Certifies Nurse Midwives) can do, and the reality that such a job even exists in the first place. As stated earlier, most people associate the term "midwife" with its old fashioned definition. However, today that is far from accurate.
So if that doesn’t reassure you that some old woman wearing a floral dress and spouting mystical chants while asking you to inhale calming oils won’t be delivering your child, I am not sure what will.
However, here are ten other reasons that you should consider when deciding whether a midwife is right for you.
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