When I meet a pregnant person I try hard not to launch into a full speech about my experience with midwives, but I have to confess that it’s happened a few times. So why have I become suddenly evangelical about this alternative to the typical hospital birth?
In my experience, midwives bring an entirely different perspective to the birth. Doctors are trained for years in how to cure sick people. On the other hand, midwives specialize in empowering women to find natural, non-invasive ways to stay as comfortable as possible during labor.
Now I’m not going to say that people should only have natural births, but in this age of scheduled C-sections it does seem like we’ve gone to some extremes. Doctors are extremely nervous about liability and often move toward surgery or drugs far more quickly than they necessarily have to. But with the proper education, coaching and support, many more women would be able to deliver naturally and feel like they had more options in the birthing process.
Did you have a positive experience either with a hospital birth or a midwife? Did you deliver at home or in a small clinic? Please share your stories!