and Natalie Daher in her recent article on the Daily Beast asks why.
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
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.
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.