Two certified professional midwives provided my care during my pregnancy, birth and postpartum period last year. My son was born at home on December 11 after a long but calm and healthy 42 hour labor.
The midwives' care through all of it was excellent — it was thorough, holistic and empowering. All the prenatal visits were at my own home, and each lasted at least an hour, during which time my husband and I talked at length with our midwives. The focus was on me as a future mother, and yes that included medical care (checking baby's heartbeat, testing my urine, taking my blood pressure), but it also included checking up on me emotionally, educating me about healthy choices during pregnancy, and talking with my husband about his role in the birth.
The postpartum visits were equally wonderful. I didn't have to leave my home for a week, because the midwives visited us there and were able to provide gentle, attentive one-on-one help with breastfeeding and baby care. Everything about the experience was conducive to my husband and I bonding with our new baby.
And, of course, the birth itself was MAGIC. Being at home, surrounded by loving women and my husband. Gentle hands. Christmas music playing on the iPod. Christmas lights on the tree. Birthing my son in my own bedroom and cuddling him on my own bed. Taking a shower in my own shower afterward. Eating my own food. I strongly believe that the familiarity, love, and warmth of the experience played a significant role in my long labor staying healthy and straightforward. In a hospital, I'm sure I would have had more difficulty staying calm after hours and hours of labor, and certainly there would been medical interventions to "speed things up" -- which clearly weren't necessary.
There is NO QUESTION that I will choose midwives again for any future pregnancies and births. I felt extremely empowered during the entire experience, and since baby and I were healthy throughout, it made no sense to be in a medical environment at any point.
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