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International Day of the Midwife-- May 5, 2009

According to its web site, the International Confederation of Midwives supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives on a global basis. The ICM works with midwives and midwifery associations globally to secure women’s right and access to midwifery care before, during and after childbirth.

The theme of 2009’s International Day of the midwife:


The World Needs Midwives Now More than Ever




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I'll get it rolling. I love the fact that in the care of midwives, no one batted an eye at my previous birth to a big baby. In fact, when I asked in my first trimester, "What if I have a twelve pound baby this time?", the midwife replied with a smile, "Well, if anyone is going to break the birth center record of 12#2, it's probably you." I'm 5'11" and I grow huge babies. Period.

I did give birth to the largest baby at the birth center in 2007. We were waiting for balloons and confetti to drop from the ceiling.

May 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

I saw an OB the first time and midwives the second and third pregnancies. I also had the unique experience of having midwifery prenatal care and then transferring to a hospital during birth with my second pregnancy. The difference in care was absolutely astounding.

I think this quotation sums it up quite well,
"Midwives see birth as a miracle, and only intervene if there's trouble. Obstetricians see birth as trouble, and if they don't intervene, it's a miracle."

I wrote two blog posts about midwifery care, so I'll just include the links:


May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReiza

Reiza, those posts are great. I loved one of the comments, too...

"I have to laugh with irony when I hear the "I think your baby is going to be too big for you to deliver" spiel. I have NEVER witnessed this to be true, even for the moms whose babies have been well over 10 lbs. It just depends on the position they chose to deliver. One mom I worked with yelled at her doc in front of the nursing staff when she delivered her 7 lb 4 oz baby about how pissed off she would have been if she'd listened to her and had a c-section for her "large baby"."

May 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

Thanks. I'm glad you liked them. I really am shocked at how little people know about midwives. OB's absolutely have their place, but study after study shows that midwifery care leads to better outcomes.

As for the size thing, I had tests run after my second c-section (the only truly necessary one. my son got stuck) and found that my pelvis really is very small. We took some steps to keep this last baby small in one last attempt at a vaginal birth. In the end, she wound up being the largest of my children, but I had her naturally.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReiza
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