The Midwife Difference
By DanielleAElwood on April 12, 2010
With my first pregnancy, like most people I chose the care of an Obstetrician. Misconceptions on pregnancy, birth, and medical treatment surrounding pregnancy is what ultimately brought me to my choice, and looking back I wish I had a clock that could turn back time.
After the half care I received from my first Obstetrician practice, and the negative birth experience that they provided with their misinformation, lack of informed consent, pushed birth, and ultimately my first cut, I know it was something I would never willingly go through again.
I understand that there are some wonderful Obstetricians out there, I am not anti OB and I do not hate them. They simply do not have a place in normal birth or with low risk pregnant women. It is over kill to say the least, and healthy women are experiencing maternity complications at their hands because as trained surgeons they are taught to see pathology where there simply is none.
With my second pregnancy, I oped for midwives after learning more about the midwifery model of care, and had a great desire to have a simple, healthy, and low risk pregnancy with providers who looked at me as a mother, and a human, not just a paycheck or a liability.
But when people use the term Midwifery Model of Care, sometimes it confuses people because they are not familiar with what it actually is. Per the Citizens for Midwifery website, it describes the Midwifery Model of Care as the following :
The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.
The Midwives Model of Care includes:
- Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- Minimizing technological interventions
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
Copyright (c) 1996-2008, Midwifery Task Force, Inc., All Rights Reserved.
I think that if we had a turn in how Obstetrics is practiced in The United States and started utilizing this model of care, we would see amazing improvements in the lacking care system we see today. We spend more than any other nations and have the highest maternal and infant death rates of all industrialized nations. Half of that bill is footed by the tax payers through medicaid programs.
With all the recent reports on the rising cesarean rates, the dangers, and the sky high maternal mortality rates, we really need to take a second look at the way we are handling birth.
But back to my story. With my second child I used midwives. The differences I found?
Ob Care :
- Rushed appointments
- Long waits
- Numbers of tests
- My concerns were never fully listened to
- I was treated like a child, or uneducated fool not a person with feelings
Midwifery Care :
- Long appointments
- Very short wait times
- My questions were actually answered
- My providers believed in me and the choices I made in my own care
- I felt like I was being mothered, cared for, and educated not treated like a fool.
- I made a direct connection to my providers who I am still in contact with on a friendly basis.
Take the time to find a midwife!
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