7 things you probably didn't know about midwives
Midwives are experts in the birthing process and, working hand-in-hand with an obstetrician, can help you have a healthy birth. Today, 7.8 percent of all hospital-born American babies are delivered by a midwife, who are gaining in popularity because women want a healthy, natural birth experience. Most people, however, have questions about what a midwife does. Here are seven things you probably didn't know about midwives:
1. A midwife can deliver the same great outcome as an obstetrician in low-risk pregnancies: According to the Cochrane Library, healthy women experiencing normal pregnancies are likely to have the same outcomes as their counterparts who work with an obstetrician.
2. The midwife philosophy sees birth as a healthy, natural process: The practice of midwifery centers on the idea that your body is perfectly capable of going through the pregnancy and birth process.
3. There's a midwifery certification: While not all who practice midwifery are certified, there are several different certifications and credential programs for a practicing midwife. Reid Health has a guide to the types of midwives that can help you find the right fit.
4. Most insurance companies cover midwife services: Most states require insurance companies to cover the services of a midwife. Medicare even covers certified nurse-midwives.
5. Your midwife will work with you through both pregnancy and delivery: Your midwife will work to develop a personal relationship with you. He or she will help you feel comfortable with each step through the process of pregnancy and delivery.
6. Women cared for by a midwife are less likely to undergo a Cesarean delivery (c-section): According to the American College of Nurse Midwives, women who use the services of a nurse midwife are less likely to have interventions like induced labor, C-section, and anesthesia.
7. Midwives often work hand-in-hand with obstetricians: Ultimately, your midwife wants you to have the best and safest pregnancy and delivery possible. Sometimes, this means working closely with your obstetrician to avoid serious problems. A midwife's focus is on a healthy, natural process, but they also recognize that things don't always go according to plan. In these situations, your midwife can work alongside your obstetrician to avoid or manage complications.
If you're pregnant, your number one concern is likely your health and that of your baby. Working with a midwife may be a great way for you to feel healthy through your pregnancy and delivery. Experts at Reid Health Family Birthing Center can help you explore if a midwife is right for you and your pregnancy.