Want An ‘Honest’ Delivery of Your Baby? Choose a Midwife

[ 0 ] March 24, 2015 |

As consumers, women are fighting back and opting for a midwife to deliver their baby as they demand straight answers when it comes to the purpose, reasoning and rationale behind the choices and recommendations made during their pregnancy and delivery

Women choose their obstetrical provider for a variety of reasons: insurance coverage, convenience, a friend’s recommendation.midwife

Now, with greater access to information, through the Internet and social media, women are able to choose a provider for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons (philosophy of care, time spent with patients) may have been a luxury in the past. Now, they are now part of the checklist. As women have more access to choices, they are choosing midwives to be a primary component of their birth team. Midwives, generally, promote health and wellness and inspire prevention strategies. They give women access to individualized, patient-focused care as well as choice of birthing sanctuary. And for women choosing midwives for a variety of reasons – whether they be homebirth-ers, birth center-ers, and natural hospital birth-ers – they all have one thing in common: they want an honest delivery.

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When working with expectant mothers, I’m fascinated to learn about their motivation for choosing a midwife. One common thread that I see in the women I care for is that they are looking for someone to give it to them straight. They want to know the purpose, reasoning and rationale behind the choices and recommendations we make and offer as providers. They want a skilled provider who is going to be honest with them and tell them the truth when it comes to their care. In essence: an honest delivery.

Honesty may be something that we have lost along the way in obstetrics. Some providers may have been seduced by the convenience and scheduling of Pitocin, inductions, and Cesareans. To get their ever-eager patients to play along with this idea, they stretched, bended, and downward dogged the truth. They came up with ideas like CPD (cephalopelvic disproportion), the calm shoulder (shoulder dystocia risks), asynclitism (a head in the wrong attitude), and “normal” labor curves to conform women to the idea that labor can be confined or even controlled. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of reasons that a mother may need to be induced or even scheduled for a cesarean, but we are using these valuable tools like a man using narcotics for a hangnail.

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Women are brilliant, and they are fighting back.

newbornbabyAs consumers, they are demanding an honest delivery and they are getting what they want. A mother being able to put her faith in her provider is an essential factor when choosing a birth team. She must be able to trust when her provider says the words: induction, instrument delivery, forceps, vacuum, episiotomy, or Cesarean that it is coming from an honest place. She has to believe that her provider is telling her the truth and giving her an honest delivery. Midwives are giving women this truth and honesty that they so desperately need.

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Great news for expecting moms in Northern New Jersey and the greater New York City area! Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, the State’s top hospital (as rated by US World News and Report) has opened it’s doors to midwives.

Midwives are a popular option for women when choosing an obstetrical provider. With more rigorous training, licensing, and education, midwives are now seen as an equal alternative to their OB counterparts. The philosophy of midwifery care has always been to give personalized, attentive prenatal and hospital care, which bolsters their growth in popularity.

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Supermodel Gisele Bündchen is just one celebrity who chose a midwife to deliver her baby

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Gisele Bündchen, Meryl Streep and Erykah Badu all chose to use midwives for the delivery of their children, and the New York Times published an article in 2012 about how the midwife is the new status symbol.

Kristin Mallon, CNM, MS, RNC-OB is the first midwife in over 3 decades to be given privileges at HackensackUMC. Her website is www.njmidwifery.com.

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About Kristin Mallon: Kristin Mallon, CNM, MS, RNC-OB is a board certified nurse midwife and a mother of three in Northern New Jersey. She began practicing as a private midwife in 2006 in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her [...]
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