Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Why a midwife?

I often get asked the question, "Why are we using a midwife?" The question is a great one because so many people have a mis-perception of what midwives do.

Recently a great article was published by Jennifer Block, (author of "Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care") entitled Midwives Deliver. It goes beyond answering why I am using a midwife and answers the more broad question of why should ANYONE use a midwife. It also discusses why midwives are better for our nation as a whole with regards to healthcare costs.

* I highly recommend "Pushed" to anyone who is even thinking of having a child someday. It gives you an amazingly scary perspective on modern maternity care. As Jason says, I tend to rage against the machine - but considering we're talking about your body and your baby you better know your rights!

1 comment:

Canning Tomatoes said...

Excellent book so it the book Gentle Birth Choices, not sure if you have read it. Have you seen the documentary the Business of Being Born> Also excellent info on this topic.

Happy New Year!