2013 Trend: More Midwife Births

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Registered: 07-05-2005
2013 Trend: More Midwife Births
Fri, 12-21-2012 - 11:41am

In the United States, most moms-to-be still choose ob-gyns to deliver their babies. But according to research released this year, an all-time high of 8.1 percent of births were attended by midwives in 2009 (the most recent year that numbers are available) and it's a trend that's expected to continue. While many used to think of midwives as a choice only for crunchy types, now in some circles, having a midwife has even become trendy, according to The New York Times with celebrities like Christy Turlington and Gisele Bundchen have used them. What's more, midwives, whose services are typically covered by insurance, also have a more holistic approach to labor and delivery and aim to avoid interventions. As a result, they often have lower ceasarean rates at a time when about one third of pregnancies results in a c-section.


Nice!  Did you (or will you) use a midwife for your labor/delivery?

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Sun, 12-30-2012 - 3:27pm

I did, I support midwives and should I have one of those 1 in a million post vasectomy/40 something pregnancies, I would use a midwife. I especially advocate for midwife births after I read an article in the paper about a doctor under investigation for cutting a baby during a cesearean.


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Registered: 07-21-1998
Mon, 12-24-2012 - 8:04am

I almost did. The OB I was going to (and trusted, even though it was her day off when kid #1 was born) started working with a midwife. I wasn't keen on the idea at first, but grew to like it during the appointments. However, there was one midwife, and one OB, and as it happens I'm 2 for 2 of not having anyone I know delivering my babies. (Neither known OB nor midwife were available when I went into labor)

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