Thursday, August 3, 2017
Myth #3: If I Choose To Have A Midwife, My Birth Has To Be All Natural
Myth #3: If I choose to have a midwife, my birth has to be all natural.
“I think a lot of people wonder, if you choose a midwife, do you have to have a natural birth? And I think a lot of women probably seek out midwifery because they’re looking for a non-medicated or low-intervention birth, but we certainly can provide medications,” Kay says.
While you can choose to have a natural birth with your midwife, certified nurse midwives are licensed, independent health care providers who can prescribe medications in all 50 states.
This includes IV medications and epidurals, which can be an option during labour even for women who originally wanted a natural birth but change their mind during the delivery.
“I think the biggest thing about midwifery care is that we want to listen to the women, we want to give them options, and we want your birth experience to be the most positive one because you’re telling your birth stories forever!” Kay says.
“Another big thing is educating women and couples about the decisions they need to make -- the pros and cons, the risks and benefits -- and really supporting those decisions once they are made,” Becky adds. “That’s really important.”
In our next blog post Becky and Kay will be answering questions about potential risks during pregnancy, so be sure to check back soon!
If you’re interested in seeing one of our certified nurse midwives, you can schedule your first appointment by calling 920.729.7105 or by clicking here.
You can also learn more about each of our certified nurse midwives and healthcare providers here.