Happy International Day of the Midwife to the midwives of the world.
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We are so blessed with so many amazing midwives in our birth community. Here is a little more about why Sweet Pea Births advocates for midwifery care to be an available option to all birthing families:
Here is a little more about the different ways a health practioner can certify to become a midwife - excerpt from THIS article:
For a good explanation of the way a midwife is different from a doula read this excerpt from the bump:
A midwife's main scope of practice is the health and well-being of the Mother and the Baby. She is doing "watchful waiting" through the pregnancy and birth, ensuring that everything is proceeding and staying healthy and low-risk. If things start to vary or complications develop, depending on the midwife and whether they are home- or hospital-based, they may encourage the family to seek co-care or transfer care to an obstetrician who is trained to manage pregnancy that is moving away from low-risk.
In the Phoenix, Arizona area, home birth families have the choice of doing co-care with Certified Nurse Midwives in the hospital setting, and still maintaining the midwifery model of care. This allows for families to continue with "watchful waiting" and preserve their autonomy as consumers of healthcare.
Why hire a midwife?
The first study to compare birth outcomes between midwifery and obstetrical care was published in 1998. Here are the conclusions:
"After controlling for a wide variety of social and medical risk factors, the risk of experiencing an infant death was 19 percent lower for births attended by certified nurse midwives than for births attended by physicians. The risk of neonatal mortality (an infant death occurring in the first 28 days of life) was 33 percent lower, and the risk of delivering a low birthweight infant was 31 percent lower. Mean birthweight was 37 grams heavier for the certified nurse midwife attended than for the physician attended births. Low birthweight is a major predictor of infant mortality, subsequent disease, or developmental disabilities.
Certified nurse midwives attended a greater proportion of women who are at higher risk for poor birth outcome: African Americans, American Indians, teenagers, unmarried women, and those with less than a high school education. Physicians attended a slightly higher proportion of births with medical complications. However, birth outcomes for certified nurse midwives were better even after sociodemographic and medical risk factors were controlled for in statistical analyses."
Excerpt from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/98news/midwife.htm
For the study abstract, click HERE
To read the study, click HERE
Is homebirth safe?
There are several studies that have been conducted around the world that show midwifery is safe - find a reference list HERE. The big question remained: would outcomes be comparable in the US, where we do not practice socialized medicine?
The MANA study found that:
Are you curious about midwifery care??
Here are some posts where we share our birth journey with midwives:
Our Midwifery Care Experience - Second Trimester
Midwives Make a House Call - Third Trimester
Preparing for our Homebirth - Third Trimester
1998 Midwifery Study
MANA Homebirth Study
Homebirth Studies Reference Page
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