here is a great article regarding midwifery…http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-block24-2008dec24,0,2046506.story
America needs better birth care, and midwives can deliver it.
The highlights for those who choose to not go to the link:
*the #1 reason for admissions to the hospital is birth!
*4 million American women will birth each year!
*totally $86 billion in 2006, nearly half of which was picked up by taxpayers
*we spend more than double per capita on childbirth than other industrialized countries, yet the March of Dimes gave the country a “D” on its prematurity report card.
*the U.S. ranks 41st among industrialized nations in maternal mortality.
*American maternity wards are not following evidence-based best practices…inducting and hastening labors causing more cesarean births.
*midwifery and out of hospital births saves money and is proving to be healthier.
*but only 1% of women in the US see a midwife for their births.
“America needs better birth care, and midwives can deliver it.”
Look at the stats- they speak for themselves!
My daughter Jami had a homebirth with a CPM- certified professional midwife.
My daughter Julie was denied the opportunity to have a hospital midwife since her healthcare did not allow her to go to the hospital in town that had the only midwives with her first two births. But she did leave the hospital after only 12 hours to return home. This birth she will use midwives at a different hospital and more than likely leave for home again early.
I see a midwife for my well woman care and have my annual exam done by her as well.