How do you feel about doctors vs. midwives when it comes to childbirth?
In many countries around the world, midwives are valued just as much as doctors when it comes to having a baby; but when it comes to the United States, less than 10% of births include a midwife. At the same time, it is said that the U.S. has one of the highest death rates for infants and mothers during birth. Does one have anything to do with the other?
Midwifery has been utilized throughout history and is currently still utilized around the world. In the United Kingdom, use of a midwife is widely accepted and, either as a result or by coincidence, “maternal mortality” rates are much lower. A midwife is not looking to replace a doctor, they are looking to work with a doctor. So why are so many American women opposed to calling a midwife?
In the video below, Vox digs into why America may be so reluctant to use midwives during childbirth.