Why Midwives Are Fast Becoming More Popular Than OBGYNs

Why more women are chosing midwives: Delaware Valley OBGYN blog
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and Natalie Daher in her recent article on the Daily Beast asks why. 

Midwifery has been around for a long time, but the time for midwives to move to the forefront may have come.

Today, midwives are oftentimes sought out by highly educated, well-to-do women who seek out a more natural patient-centered experience, but that was not always the case.

Before the advent of modern obstetrics, the midwife played a central role in a woman's childbirth and reproductive experience. This was not just in mid-20th century Britain as popularized in the series "Call the Midwife," but throughout  much of human history. Given the current problems in our health care system, it may be that midwives may be able to make an even greater impact that they do now. 

There are a number of gaps in the women's healthcare in US that midwives may be able to fill:

Accessibility to pregnancy care

There is a shortage of obstetricians, particularly in underserved areas, to some extent in the inner cities and an even larger problem in rural areas. Midwives can help make up for that shortage.

Reduced Costs

Midwives provide care at less cost than OBs, with fewer invasive procedures such as cesarian sections.

Excellent Quality Care

Despite, lowering the cost and invasiveness of pregnancy-related healthcare, studies in multiple countries have shown that midwifery care leads to excellent pregnancy outcomes.

Patients Satisfaction

Women who chose midwives to deliver their child are usually very happy with their experience. Why? It could be because midwives treat childbirth as a natural experience, a family event, not a disease.

 

Want to learn more about midwifery care for your next pregnancy? Set up an appointment with one of our certified nurse midwives.