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Benefits of Midwife-Led Care
The international cesarean rate of 5.2% is a remarkably low rate when compared to the U.S. national average of 31% for full-term pregnancies. “When we consider the well-known health consequences of a cesarean -- not to mention the exponentially higher costs -- this study brings a fresh reminder of the benefits of midwife-led care outside of our overburdened hospital system.”
Choosing the Right Providers
Tips from Dawna
Decide what kind of experience you want and express your wishes in the interview. Choose a provider that is on the same page and supportive of your choices. Example: If you're looking for a practitioner who is more likely to take a holistic approach to your care – you may prefer a midwife. Midwives see birth as a normal process, intervening only when necessary and not routinely. Whereas, most obstetricians operate on a more impersonal schedule of routine care.
Do your research, read reviews, ask other moms how their experience was with their care takers, join social media groups with like-minded moms and ask specifically for experience with the providers you are thinking to interview.
Once you connect with a healthcare provider, make sure that they will be able to follow you through your pregnancy and be available for your birth. If the practice has rotating care providers make sure that they all share your philosophy on birth and respect your wishes, even if it takes interviewing the whole practice. If you are delivering in a hospital, research the hospital's cesarean rates and discuss that in your interview as well.
New Study Confirms Safety of Home Birth
"Home birth mothers had much lower rates of interventions in labor. While some interventions are necessary for the safety and health of the mother or baby, many are overused, are lacking scientific evidence of benefit, and even carry their own risks. Cautious and judicious use of intervention results in healthier outcomes and easier recovery, and this is an area in which midwives excel. Women who planned a home birth had fewer episiotomies, pitocin for labor augmentation, and epidurals.
Most importantly, their babies were born healthy and safe."
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Better Birth Outcomes
Doula attended births are most often associated with better birth outcomes. To learn more you can visit the following sites for research and published studies.