TBT: Midwives


Labor among primitive peoples

According to the book The Zero Footprint Baby, a midwife is a greener choice for your birth whether you are at home or in a hospital because they tend to order less resources that produce waste and use electricity.

I can attest that our midwife has helped us make choices that reduce our environmental impact without compromising the health and wellbeing of our babies. Of course, forgoing all ultrasounds isn’t for everyone.

Whether you are motivated by environmental concerns or not, choosing the right midwife (or doctor) is the first big decision you’ll make during your pregnancy.  I thought I’d round up a few of our old posts that talk about midwives and midwifery care for Throwback Thursday.

How to Choose a Midwife

Midwife Home Visit

Midwife Home Visit

It has been a few years since Joy posted about her experience giving birth with a midwife. She wrote a series of three great posts: Choosing a Midwife, The Unique Perspective Midwives Bring to Birth and Top Ten Reasons for Choosing a Midwife Over an MD. I recommend them to anyone even considering going with a midwife, not just for a home birth but at a birthing center or hospital.

When I was pregnant with Frances, the only maternity insurance a self-employed woman could get in our state only covered emergencies. After doing a little research, I discovered a hospital birth would cost us at minimum $10,000 out of pocket. Since birthing centers are illegal here, we decided to look into a home birth with a midwife. I never thought I’d give birth at home, but I’m too frugal to drop $10K when there are cheaper alternatives. Plus, I had the assurance that if complications arose, we were covered by our insurance.

Choosing a Midwife

With my first pregnancy I had no idea where I wanted to deliver. I just assumed I’d give birth in a hospital with a standard OBGYN. 

After our first doctor’s appointment, however, everything changed.  They whisked us in and out of the office in just ten minutes and everyone, from the receptionists to the physicians, seemed tired and overwhelmed.  The hospital tour depressed me even more.  From the generic pastel wallpaper to the cramped rooms, I knew I didn’t want to deliver there. 

Finally, I had the good fortune to find out about our local Nurse Midwifery Birth Center, a clinic housed in a vintage house with six wonderful midwives, antique furniture and a more homey atmosphere for birth.  This ended up being the room in which our son was born!