Tell me more about the midwives that attend homebirth.
I haven't actually been able to have a midwife (there are none around here), but that's what I'm in school for now. They're women who attend births and many even offer well woman check ups (paps and the like). For prenatal care, they take a more natural approach to things and during birth, they are mostly there for support and supervision. They don't force things on the laboring mother like many doctors do (such as coached pushing, specific positions for birth, etc.), so women in labor have much more control over the birth. If you want a lot of great information about midwives, Ina May Gaskin wrote two AMAZING books (she's one of the top midwives in the country, if not the top, and possibly one of the most respected in the world): Ina May's Guide To Childbirth and Spiritual Midwifery.
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A lot of people seem to have the impression that having a home birth means having a birth without medical assistance. In reality, having a home birth with a midwife is just bringing your medical care to you instead of bringing yourself to the hospital. My midwife brought a birthing stool, fetal monitoring equipment, an oxygen tank with masks for mom and baby, anti-hemorrhage and other drugs. She is trained in neonatal resuscitation as well as childbirth. I felt I was in very competent hands with her and that she would both be able to handle the types of situations that routinely come up in a normal birth, and that she would know if something was wrong in time to get us the hospital if that turned out to be necessary.
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