Is it safe to have a midwife deliver a baby?

OB-GYNs and midwives both provide great pregnancy care and safely deliver babies.

Why might someone choose a midwife instead of a doctor to deliver her baby?

Many women choose a midwife over a doctor because they want additional emotional support before, during and after delivery. A midwife will get to know you, your family and your preferences over the course of your pregnancy.

What are the risks of a home birth?

Specifically, they should be informed that although planned home birth is associated with fewer maternal interventions than planned hospital birth, it also is associated with a more than twofold increased risk of perinatal death (1–2 in 1,000) and a threefold increased risk of neonatal seizures or serious neurologic …

What is the safest way to deliver a baby?

Vaginal delivery is the most common and safest type of childbirth. You’ll probably hear the term “natural childbirth” used to describe a vaginal delivery without medication for pain or to start or speed up labor. Some mothers will still choose to have other medical help during labor like a monitor for the baby’s heart.

What are two cons to having a licensed midwife deliver a baby?

Disadvantages of a Midwife-Attended Birth

  • Midwives carry only basic tools and cannot offer ultrasound or anesthesia, for example.
  • Midwives are not qualified to manage high-risk pregnancies or any acute problems or complications that may occur during childbirth.
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Is a midwife better than a doctor?

Likewise, if you have a high-risk pregnancy, you’ll need a doctor for your prenatal care and delivery. If you’re having a healthy pregnancy and are interested in a home birth or natural birth, or want to deliver at a birth center, consider a midwife.

Can midwives do C sections?

Midwives cannot, however, perform C-sections. If your birth calls for this or certain other procedures, your midwife will bring in an OB-GYN doctor to assist.

In what states is home birth illegal?

7 states do not license but make home birth midwifery illegal – Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky (no permits given since 1975), Nebraska, North Carolina and South Dakota. Michigan just licensed and rules and regulations have not yet been written.