Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Midwife and A Homebirth

After much praying and seeking the word, Paul and I have decided to have a homebirth with a midwife.

What is a midwife?

the modern midwife is a health professional who provides holistic care to the childbearing woman and newborn. She respects a wide range of women's needs, including personal and cultural values. Focusing on the natural processes of pregnancy, labor, and birth, she combines traditional skills and modern medical techniques to safeguard normal childbirth. The midwfe maintain associations with physicians and other health care providers to ensure that mother and child have the best knowledge and technology available.

Midwifery is based on a strong belief in partnership with childbearing women and respect for birth as a normal life event. Midwives strive to empower parents with knowledge and support their right to create the birth experience which is best for them. Midwives respect intimacy, privacy, and family integrity, and draw on their own patience and understanding to provide care during pregnancy and birth.

Why were choosing a homebirth:

Matthew 9:12
But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.

Midwives consider birth a natural event in women's lives. Midwifery is based on the belief that childbirth is natural, healthy process and that most women are fully capable of giving birth. Midwives see pregnancy as part of the full spectrum of life's experiences, and they believe women have the right to a fulfilling, as well as a safe, childbirth experience.

Midwives improve the outcome of labor and birth.

National research shows that midwives achieve the same outcomes as physicians without disrupting the natural birth process as often. Research also shows that midwives have reduced cesarean section rates by more than 50% with no compromise in safety. In fact, care from midwives has significantly lower rates of induced labor, episiotomies, and forcep births. Midwives are most actively involved in a woman's preparation forchildbirth. That kind of support reduces the length of labor, avoids unnecessary interventions and improves birth outcomes. Midwifery care is proven to be safe!

I like the idea of being at home and I definitely feel comfortable here. On Monday we had our first visit with the midwife, who met us in our home. She weighed me, measured me, did a basic physical, took blood pressure, took blood to check my iron (which was a little low, at 11.5), and check all kinds of different levels like glucose and protein (there were about 6 more) from a urine sample. My protein and iron was her true concerns being that I haven't eaten meat in 2 years and my protein level was well below normal. As a holistic midwife, she went over my record of my food chart and told me to eat more of certain foods and less of others. ( i have to write down EVERYTHING I eat and drink) she then gave me another chart to be writing down my food and drink for this month that she will check on June 4th at our next appointment. We also heard that precious heart beat for the first time...167 bpm!!! That was truly an awesome experience. At the June appt., I will record it so you guys can hear that precious sound as well.

We are truly blessed to have this opportunity.

DISCLAIMER: I, in no way feel that because we want to birth this way, that you should too. I fully respect the hospital and the doctors that serve there, and fully intend to use these services if need be. If you have had hospital births, I fully respect that...especially the ones I've been to :) This is just what we see for US to do.


  1. i'm very happy for you two and fully support your decision. I did a lot of research on this practice about five years ago and planned to keep it as an option if and when i ever became pregnant. I think it is a beautiful event and pray for a healthy baby and mommy. i love you sweets.

  2. Can't wait! Just one more experience I get to have in our short lives in this place!Love you sister!