Giving birth to a child is one of the most exhilarating and amazing experiences that a woman can have. There is something incredibly primal about it and, for many, it is almost a sense of fulfilling their destiny or purpose as a woman. Maybe that is overstating things a bit, but the sad reality is that for many, the experience of delivering a child is more of a medical experience than it is a natural one. It is about hospitals and anaesthetic and surgery and tension and nerves. The good news is that for centuries it wasn’t this way – childbirth was seen as a healthy procedure and not something that needed to happen in a hospital. That view is slowly returning to the popularity and at the centre of the home-birthing philosophy and the idea of birthing nature way are midwives. Here are some reasons why you should look to factor a midwife into your birthing plan.
A midwife is not an old crone who will chant magic or break your waters with a dirty fingernail. She is a modern health professional who is trained and experienced and well equipped. She is not going to put you in any danger and, if you are not well, she will call an ambulance and take you to hospital. When she arrives for the delivery, she will come with everything that is needed. This includes a blood pressure checker, birthing tools, oxygen, and the appropriate pharmaceuticals.
If you have a proper birth plan and are in the right place at the right time then your midwife will be there, and while you will be in control, she will be executing your plan. She will almost certainly have an assistant with her as this is where experience is gained. You will never find yourself in a position where you are in the hands of an amateur. In fact, when it comes to experience, having a midwife in charge is exactly the same as having an obstetrician running the show. And, what is probably the most critical thing, most midwives have had children of their own and have experienced first-hand the joy and tribulations of childbirth. Many obstetricians have never been through this process – mainly because they are men!
There is nothing wrong with having an obstetrician delivering your child. They are trained and qualified and very highly insured. But it is worth noting that it is that very insurance that often makes the bills from these specialists so preposterously high. A midwife will charge significantly less than a doctor and the end result will be exactly the same. The irony is that we have all heard stories about policemen, air hostesses or taxi drivers who have helped women, who have been taken unawares, to deliver children. It should be that easy. So, on some levels, it does seem crazy to have to pay a medical professional so much money to perform such a natural task.It is not exactly open-heart surgery!