Midwives are a wonderful alternative to the typical care provided by an Ob/Gyn. Midwives tend to deliver more personalized and supportive care which is something that many women find comforting during pregnancy. When midwives deliver babies in fully equipped hospitals under the direction of doctors and with a full staff on hand, you can have the best of both worlds.

Is a Planned Home Birth Safe?

A home birth is a delivery that takes place at home or in a residence rather than in a hospital or a birth center. While some may think it's a nice idea, how safe is it really? ... read more »

Doulas and Midwives

Doulas and midwives are two choices a pregnant woman may choose to include as part of her birthing plan. ... read more »

24-Hour Access to OBs, Midwives Reduces C-Section Numbers

In April 2011, a community hospital in Northern California changed the way it handled maternity patients. After the hospital policy change, the number of cesarean-section deliveries dropped. ... read more »

Midwives Provide Equal Care to Hospitals

The level of healthcare provided by certified nurse midwives may be better than or equal to the same care provided in a hospital setting, according to research published in the journal Health Services Research. ... read more »

Setting Makes Home Deliveries More Risky, Not Midwives

Dr. Grunebaum advises patients invite a midwife into the hospital delivery room so a woman can have both the comfort of a familiar birthing companion and the necessary medical staff and equipment. ... read more »

Computer Programmers Plan First 3D Virtual Birth Simulator

Computer programmers from the University of East Anglia announced they are working to create the world's first 3D virtual birth simulator. ... read more »

2013: Interesting Things We Learned About Making Babies

On the agenda was the science of preconception, conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. From that agenda, these 8 'most interesting things' were identified about making babies in 2013. ... read more »

Make Home Birth Safer

We are a citizen-led coalition of home birth families, midwives, doctors & advocates who have come together to work toward a better, safer homebirth system. ... read more »

CPM Blows Whistle on Illegal Home Birth Practices

A former CPM, Leigh Fransen, has bravely stepped forward to blow the whistle on the illegal practices of homebirth midwives in the United States. ... read more »

If I'd Had a Home Birth

I sometimes wonder what my feelings about home birth would be now if we would have gone through with our home birth plans. ... read more »

Homebirth Midwives and the Art of Letting Go

Homebirth midwives “value the art of letting go.” Letting go of what, exactly? The lives of babies born at homebirths. ... read more »

Safer Home Birth Requires Educated, Regulated Midwives

Some out-of-hospital birth scenarios are higher risk than others, as is shown in the chart below. The Risk Ratio (RR) is calculated from neonatal mortality rates (NNM) with respect to hospital midwives (RR=1). ... read more »

American Midwives, Part 2

The American Midwifery Certification Board is the gold standard for midwifery certification. AMCB requires the highest level of education and training standards for midwives in the USA. You can go to AMCB’s website, type in your midwife’s name and voila! You can instantly see if your midwife is currently certified, the status of her certification and any disciplinary issues. ... read more »

Why Duchess Meghan May Prefer Pregnancy Care in the U.K.

The world was elated last week when news broke that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are expecting their firstborn this spring. While the world is enthralled with Meghan’s pregnancy, the American born Duchess may just prefer the state of labor and delivery in the U.K. over her native U.S. Here's why! ... read more »

Maryland and North Carolina May Legalize Dangerous Midwives

The midwifery bills under consideration in Maryland and North Carolina would make it legal for direct-entry midwives to attend homebirths. ... read more »

Our Home Birth Story

Our first birth was in a hospital and it ended in a cesarean section after almost three hours of pushing with a “sunny side up” baby. The second time, we were excited that we could afford a home birth with midwives. ... read more »

A Centered Pregnancy

Group prenatal care. Sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? That’s what I initially thought. Little did I know the wonders of such a thing. ... read more »

How I Know CPMs Are Not Real Midwives

I know that CPMs are not real midwives from reading the MANA Statement of Values and Ethics, by which NARM recommends they practice. I have copied portions of it below, with my emphasis. ... read more »

My Feelings on Homebirth

I very much believe in a woman’s right to choose where she gives birth. However, to me, it’s just not worth the small risk of a catastrophic complication occurring that could have been managed in the hospital setting but that is deadly at home without an operating room and full medical team. ... read more »

Why I Can’t Support CPMs – Not a Single One

“Just because there are a few bad CPMs out there doesn’t mean that all CPMs should be vilified,” is a statement I have often read/heard when getting into discussions about home birth midwifery. I wholly disagree with that statement. Here’s why." ... read more »

Homebirth Hasn't Been Safe for a Long Time

I am a mom and a physicist, and at one time I attempted to give birth at a birth center. But I wouldn’t make that choice again, because I’ve since learned about the risks to my baby. ... read more »

Another Home VBAC Death

I’ve recently learned of yet another baby dying during a home birth. This was a planned, midwife-attended home VBAC (also known as HBAC, home birth after cesarean). ... read more »

Interview with the New York Times

I think the film The Business of Being Born is a dangerous piece of propaganda full of misinformation; it adds to the heaping pile of nonsense that makes women feel bad about themselves for not giving birth a certain way. ... read more »

American Midwives, Part 3

Doula Dani's last installment on midwife certification and types of midwives in the United States. Read here to find out all about the NARM certified midwife. ... read more »