International Day of the Midwife
According to amygeekgrl at Musings of a crunchy, domestic goddess, today is International Day of the Midwife. This is the day to tell those midwives in your life “thank you”! If you don’t have a midwife in your life, or know anything about midwifery I encourage you to learn just a little bit about the profession of midwifery. My midwife, Kelley Faulkner, is a “direct entry midwife.” She went to midwifery school and then apprenticed for a number of years before starting her own practice, New Life Midwifery.
Not all midwives deliver babies at home; many work in hospitals, especially Certified Nurse Midwives. This way a woman who feels more comfortable with the technology in a hospital can still have the care of a midwife throughout her labor and birth. A midwife is trained to provide the Midwives Model of Care. Most midwives tend to promote natural childbirth, believing that women’s bodies are made to deliver babies and medical intervention isn’t always necessary. Midwives, a few doctors, and people like me belive in the need to “humanize” birth. If you are interested, here is an excellent article written by Marsden Wagner, a pediatrician and neonatologist who used to head the Board of the World Health Organization.
I’m very excited about the possibility of giving birth at home, while still acknowleding that things don’t always work out the way we plan them (such is life). Since I’ve had a low-risk pregnancy with no complications (other than that low iron wrinkle) everything should be fine.
I’m in my 38th week starting today! Things are still going well, I’m getting very ready to meet this person in my belly though. I’m still feeling pressure in my pelvis and every now and then feel what might be a surge or Braxton-Hicks, but who knows. I haven’t felt anything very intense, so don’t worry…nothing major to report yet!
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