Why choose a midwife over DR/OBGYN?
Kind of a Follow Up post to "I dont fit into your freakin box nor your sheeple barn"...
Im trying to write my "Why we chose a birthing center with Midwife" and its just not coming out very good lol.. Any pointers, or what to add to this?
- I believe birth is natural, safe & a normal life event..
- I want a natural birth with no pressure from Dr/Nurses to have any type of unnecessary drugs.
- I did not want to be hooked to monitors/IV
- I want the freedom to listen to my body. To not be stuck in a bed, to be able to move around freely & to eat & drink when/what I want.
- In the hospital interventions start when you walk in the door & they give an IV in your arm, this spirals to more interventions, possibly leading to Csection where "Dr saves the baby" - If all would have been left alone, no saving would have been needed!
- Birthing Tub!
- The personal care!: Hospital: I spend 9mo having 5-10min checkups with a Dr I will only see long enough to catch my baby, and spend my labor with nurses whom Ive never met & does not know my wants/needs. They are not there to support or encourage me, they are only there to monitor/control my labor. Birthing Center: I spend 9mo having 20min+ conversations with my Midwifes. They will be there during the labor & delivery. They are there to support & encourage me & to make sure everything is proceeding normally. They respect my wishes. I will not have strangers caring for me or my child! My child will not leave my sight.
(If anyone knows a more resent study that would be awesome! this study is a bit out dated)
A 1998 study of 800,000 low-risk pregnant women by the Centers for Disease Control compared the outcomes of those cared for by midwives versus those receiving traditiona lOB care. The results are astounding!
The infant mortality rate was 19% lower, the neonatal mortality rate was 33% lower, and the rate of low birth-weight was 31% lower for patients under the care of a midwife versus an obstetrician. the cesarean section rate for mothers birthing with midwives averages 10%.
Researchers attributed the differences in outcome to more one-on-one time spent with patients and fewer interventions in prenatal care, labor, and birth.
Worldwide, midwives attend over 70% of births. In this approach to pregnancy and birth, the United States is far behind. Midwives in Ireland, Scotland, and England deliver more than 65% of all babies, and the proportions in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Germany exceed 85%. These countries have fewer obstetrical interventions than the US, as well as lower maternal, neonatal, and infant mortality rates and higher rates of breastfeeding.