Is This the Right Choice for Me?
What Midwives Do?
A midwife is health care professional that specializes in the labor and delivery of new mothers and newborns. They also help with the following:
· Gynecology exams
· Contraception counseling
A midwife will mainly focus on the labor and delivery aspects of a woman as well as the after effects of labor and delivery. A midwife usually prefers to deliver babies completely naturally without narcotics. Although most midwives these days will accommodate their patients however their patient would like to deliver their baby.
Where Do Midwives Work?
A midwife can work from practically anywhere a mother may want him or her to.
· At home
· A private birthing center
· At your local hospital
A midwife’s goal is to make their patient as comfortable as possible whether that’s at a hospital or in the comfort of their own home.
Pros of a Midwife
A midwife typically has multiple ways of payment which is good for women would couldn't pay hospital bills. Also according to the American College of Nurse Midwives:
· Decreased need for C-sections
· An-all natural birth
· Decreased mortality rates for baby
· Better breastfeeding results
· Reduced induction of labor
If a patient does not wish to deliver their baby in a hospital and something is abnormal with their labor it could put both the mother and child at risk due to the certain qualifications of the midwife as well as the availability of supplies and instruments to fix any abnormalities.