Using a Nurse-Midwife
WHY WE SWITCHED
We’ve planned to have a medication-free (i.e. “natural”) birth at Clark Memorial Hospital all along (after considering a home birth). We originally worked with an OB/GYN, but switched to a nurse-midwife about half way through our pregnancy.
Some reasons include:
– Our OB/GYN has a cesarean rate of 60%. Our nurse-midwife has a c-section rate of 8%.
– Our OB/GYN’s policy is that the pushing stage of labor must occur lying on your back in bed. Our midwife will let us squat, walk, stand, and have more freedom of movement as we labor and deliver.
– Our OB/GYN requires induction at 41 weeks. Our midwife does not require this until 42 weeks.
– Our midwife will spend more time with us during labor and is more welcoming of doula support.
– Our midwife encourages and will help us explore non-medical alternatives to induction or other interventions if they become necessary (but of course will also provide medical interventions as necessary or requested).
FAQ OF NURSE-MIDWIVES
A lot of our family and friends have questions about using a nurse-midwife.