The general philosophy of midwives is that pregnancy and childbirth is a natural and normal process that requires care of the woman, but that less intervention usually leads to better outcomes-such as a lower c/section rate. We also focus on educating our patients about things to watch for and do during pregnancy to encourage a healthy mom and baby and vaginal birth. We offer more time during prenatal visits to educate our patients and to really take time to know them and care for them. Most of us, myself included want our patients to feel that their desires are being addressed and that we are giving our patients educated options to choose from to meet their desires for childbirth. I personally don't think there is just one way that is the best way. I think natural births are wonderful, but there are some women that do not desire this and just because you choose a midwife doesn't mean you can't use medication or an epidural if desired. We/I just want you to be comfortable and safe and feel like you had a great experience. We never put your safety on the back burner either. We do intervene when necessary and consult or manage your care with an obstetrician if things are varying from a normal safe path. That being said, most midwives have lower c/section rates, bigger babies, and less preterm delivery. Part of the latter is likely because of the education time we try to take with our patients.
Last but not least, midwives usually spend more time with you during your labor offering labor support or emotional support and advocating with the nurses and other care providers on your behalf to help you get the birth experience you want. So, if you are
considering a midwife, come on in, you won't be disappointed!