guest post contributed by Bambi of Nursery of the Nation
I am not a person who believes that a natural pregnancy, labor and delivery are the way, the truth and the life.
Each pregnancy holds it’s own surprises and so does labor and delivery. I’m so thankful for traditional medicine and interventions when they are necessary.
My first three babies were born after scheduled hospital inductions, each complete with an epidural and narcotics. My husband had a vasectomy after our third child was born.
The Lord changed our hearts and my husband underwent a reversal just three years later.
I studied and learned all that I could about natural pregnancy, labor and delivery. I didn’t know if the Lord would bless us with more children, but if He did, I wanted to experience all there was to this miracle of life.
I was drawn to testimonies of women who gave birth with dignity, surrounded by loved ones, instead of strangers.
This led to pursuing a midwife to handle my prenatal care.
From the very beginning, instead of being treated as a sick person that needed help “just getting through,” this time I was encouraged to eat well, exercise and trust that the Lord would bring my baby in His perfect time.
As time drew near to deliver, my midwife reminded me that due dates are not absolutes. She would have never even considered inducing.
My first natural delivery went smoothly, quickly and my recovery time was much shorter. I was now officially hooked on midwifery!
Because of housing moves, I’ve now used several different midwives. Each one has encouraged me to read, learn and educate myself.
The Lord has since then blessed us with 3 more children, and our eighth child will, Lord willing, be born next month.
I have never been sorry that I switched to midwifery care for my last four deliveries.
Even though my 5th baby was posterior and a very difficult delivery, the patience of the midwives who cared for me spared me from a casarean.
I have never been able to have a home birth because of my location.
But using a midwife for my prenatal care has been such a blessing to me, that I have driven 100 miles to a birth center for my last three births.
That distance makes some people in my family (like my husband.. ahem) nervous. Especially since my last baby was born just 12 minutes after we reached the center.
Providentially, my first-ever water birth never happened–there wasn’t time!
Why I Love Using a Midwife
She understands that a woman’s body can usually bring forth a baby without intervention.
She considers herself merely a “lifeguard” in the rare case of complication.
She is not there to micro-manage every normal health variation in my body.
She focuses on good nutrition and healthy lifestyle, and is a proponent of herbs and supplements if there are symptoms of deficiencies.
She has a willingness to let me make my own decisions about which lab work or procedures I will allow/endure.
She has a desire to have a relationship and friendship with the me, spending 30-45 minutes just visiting at my pre-natal appointments.
She is much less-expensive than an obstetrician *wink*
And my favorite: There is mutual respect between us. There is no medical intimidation on my part or defensiveness on her part if I express disagreement.
Midwifery care is not for everyone.
The most important thing about giving birth is being comfortable–with your caregiver and your location of birth.
Also, natural pregnancy and delivery doesn’t put anyone on an elevated spiritual status.
This is a decision that many circumstances must factor into, such as your husband’s wishes and what maternity care is available in your area.
Are you considering midwife care with your pregnancy?
What questions do you have?
P.S. Thanks a million for sharing this post!