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April 11th, 2013 11:07 AM #23Senior Member
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- Pacific NW
FWIW, there's a term that's been bandied about in midwifery communities for years. It started as an insult and now it's something akin to a slur. "Medwife." You can ascertain for yourselves what it's meant to imply: a midwife who, in the eyes of other midwives, rely too much on allopathy and medical intervention, who is "insufficiently committed to natural birth processes."
I believe in choice. That's why I want to be a midwife. I want to help women who want to have their babies at home exercise that choice. But I also believe in sanity and sense. My own birth was extraordinarily traumatic; if my mother had been at home, one or both of us would be dead. Out-of-hospital birth is a great option for some, but it is not appropriate for everybody, and it is critical that we screen those people. So my patients are getting ultrasounds. My patients are getting bloodwork. My patients are being screened for gestational diabetes and group beta strep. If someone has a problem I can't handle, I'm referring them on to their friendly neighborhood obstetrician. If they don't agree to these things, that's their choice, and that's fine - but in that case, I'm not the midwife for them. Taking a chance on the life of a mother or baby is not acceptable. If that means people want to brand me a "medwife," by all means.
Last edited by shyshutterbug; April 11th, 2013 at 11:16 AM.