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Journey of Midwifery

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Andy Smith

on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of Journey of Midwifery

Tracing our steps to a better future Journey of Midwifery The word “midwife” typifies the nature of their work: it’s literal meaning
in English, is “with-women”, giving the impression of woman-to-woman care. The roots of midwifery trace as far back as biblical times. Midwives traditionally are to be trained by apprenticeship, with those who have experience passing on techniques and teaching the next generation. In 1900 midwives attended half of the births in the United States ... . . . by 1935 the number had decreased to 12.5%. After ages of providing care to women, midwives were stamped out in America in less than half a century. When significant numbers of births were beginning to occur in hospitals in the US, midwifery was being made illegal in some states. A anti-midwife campaign managed to convince large numbers of people that hospital birth was a sign of upward social mobility ranking us below Hungary and tied with Slovakia and Poland. About 99% of all births in the U.S. take place in hospitals, yet we rank 29th in the world in infant mortality Meanwhile, in countries where midwives continue (to this day) to attend the majority of births, better outcomes are reported as well as lower maternal and infant morbidity and mortality Low-risk patients who choose nurse midwives have fewer C-sections, receive less anesthesia, have a much lower rate of episiotomy and incur less expense, compared to similar women who choose physicians for their care. The C-section rates are now one-third of all births in the US, an extremely dangerous level. The risk of death of the mother is three times greater for C-section than for vaginal birth. With a devotion to women-to-women care, and assisting women in their home or wherever they choose, midwives continue to serve women throughout the United States. May the tradition continue as women continue to labor and deliver “with women” in the future! "Drugs could only be administered in a hospital setting, causing many more middle and upper class women to seek institutionalized care for the first time. This greatly assisted the transfer of birth from the relative safety of the home environment into the hospital. Midwives give continuity of care, individualized attention, comprehensive clinical skill, heartfelt partnership with families and holistic attention to body, mind, and soul. Standard birth at a hospital is $13,000 where as midwifery services are around $2,500-$4,000. In addition to superior care, Midwives are significantly less expensive.
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