I had to share this post from the Huffington Post about midwifery care in the United States by Mayri Leslie. One of the mentalities about pregnancy that I think our culture could use a change in is instead of thinking about pregnant women as “patients,” they should be thought of as healthy women going through a completely normal phase of their lives. To unnecessarily over-medicalize a low-risk pregnancy can really take the fun out of the entire experience. Plus, take a look at some of these compelling statistics from the article:
The study “Outcomes of Care in Birth Centers: Demonstration of a Durable Model” published in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health provides a good start. The 15,574 low risk, healthy mothers in the study sought care in 79 US birth centers between 2007 and 2010. Their pregnancy, labor and postpartum care was provided by midwives. Eighty-eight percent of the mothers gave birth in the centers, while the remainder transferred to the hospital (less than 2 percent for emergent reasons). Of all the mothers in the study, 94 percent had vaginal births and 6 percent required a cesarean section. There were no maternal deaths and the fetal and newborn mortality rates were comparable to those for hospital born children in a similar low risk set of mothers.
In short… midwives rock! In Connecticut, we are lucky enough to have the Connecticut Childbirth and Women’s Center. If you or someone you know is pregnant and lives in the area, I highly recommend checking them out.