Midwifery Myths

Category: Pregnancy

Women’s Health Associates, P.C. Busts Midwifery Myths

In the United States, medical doctors deliver 85 percent of babies in a traditional hospital setting. However, throughout the world, 80 percent of babies are delivered with the assistance of midwives. Though the midwifery profession has become more popular, the misconceptions about midwives persist. Here are the biggest misconceptions about midwives:

 

  1. Choosing a midwife isn’t as safe as a physician

    A certified nurse midwife (CNM) completes extensive training to provide safe care to mothers and babies. CNMs also have specialized training in maternity and routine gynecologic care.

  2. Midwives don’t deliver babies in hospitalsMidwifery

    A lot of people think midwives only do home-births. But, most midwife-assisted deliveries take place in hospitals that support midwifery care, using the same technology that medical doctors use during delivery. There are different options if you are choosing midwifery, including low-intervention childbirth and higher-level evaluation and medical monitoring.

  3. Midwifery isn’t covered by insurance

    Thirty-three states require private insurers to cover nurse-midwife services. It is a complicated topic because access is often limited based on whether CNMs can get privileges to treat patients at local hospitals, whether freestanding birthing clinics are permitted and local medical custom.  It’s a good idea to contact your insurer to confirm your coverage before choosing a midwife.

  4. You can’t get an epidural if you choose a midwife

    Midwives work with patients to pick the birthing plan that works best for them, which can include pain medication. In addition to pain medications, midwifery patients learn different pain management techniques such as hydrotherapy and relaxation techniques.

  5. Midwives are the same thing as doulas

    Doulas specialize in providing mothers with emotional support and physical comfort through pregnancy, labor and delivery. There are two types of doulas – a birth doula and a postpartum doula. Midwives, on the other hand, perform the routine checkups throughout pregnancy, help women make birthing plans, and assist mothers with a lot of newborn care needs.

 

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Contact our office today (203) 798-0500 if you’re interested in learning more about midwifery for your childbirth.

 

 

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