Debunking Midwifery Misconceptions

midwife's hand holding a newborn babyMidwives have provided pregnant women with the support they need during childbirth for centuries. Advancements in the health care system and technology have changed midwifery, and midwives are highly trained and certified. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions associated with midwives in the US. Bellymama Midwifery presents four myths you should stop believing.

Doctors are safer than midwives.

Historically, midwives learned through the process of apprenticeship and did not have formal training, but this is no longer the case. Today, they receive formal training involving gynecology, newborn care, and obstetrics. One must pass a national licensing exam before receiving certification to operate as a midwife in Miami. Not only are they qualified and safe, but they also offer more time-intensive and personalized care than physicians.

Midwives can only deliver babies at home.

A midwife can work in many settings. They help mothers deliver babies in birthing centers, hospitals and in private homes. When working with a midwife, it’s up to the client to choose the setting.

Midwives cannot deal with high-risk deliveries.

Midwives are trained to handle obstetrical emergencies such as newborn resuscitation and postpartum hemorrhage. If the situation requires advanced care such as a cesarean section, they collaborate with physicians to provide the necessary care.

Midwives deal with childbirth only.

Although they are experts on labor and pregnancy, midwives do more than deliver babies. Women of all ages, whether pregnant or not, require midwife services. Some of the reasons to visit a midwife include Pap smear, prenatal or postpartum exam, gynecological examination, family planning, and tests for sexually transmitted infections. Therefore, they can help any woman, from puberty to pregnancy to menopause.

Midwives are experts at women’s health. They offer several services targeting women’s health and wellness. A midwife will spend more one-on-one time with the patient than a doctor would. A midwife can offer the complete care a woman needs and in a compassionate and client-centered way.