The concept of midwifery really triggered some thought for me this week. I’ll be honest that I had forgotten about midwives. Even housecall doctors I assumed were a rare sighting and a practice of the past. Especially since I’ve always wanted to become a physician and admired their life-saving capabilities and knowledge, the concept of a hospital being a place of harm rather than healing was very foreign to me. Sure, the hospital isn’t perfect and neither is the law, given physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, patient autonomy, medical malpractice, etc…However, it never occurred to me that birthing—such an ongoing and natural process—was an area of issue in hospital practice.
The Business of Being Born really
changed my perspective on how I viewed the birthing process and what the birthing
process means to women. Giving birth is powerful, natural, and every other
organism on earth does it without fuss, so why has it become such a complicated
ordeal for humans? The goal of midwives seems to be to help women return to the
natural birthing process as well as allowing women to experience their own
birth without unnecessary interference. Though the documentary portrayed
midwifery as a rare practice in the United States, a TIME article, The Midwife as Status Symbol,
spoke otherwise. Personally, I can see the use of midwives becoming a trend in
the states. People in society tend to gravitate towards revived and unique
techniques as a means of social status, personal fulfillment, curiosity, etc…just
think vintage clothing and fad diets! Being a hip and healthy method, I could
very well see the young generation reaching out to midwives in order to achieve
a natural, earthly birth. After all, who wouldn’t want the best for their baby?
only issue that the article mentioned in regards to using midwives is their
limited availability. Because midwives need time forming a dedicated and personal
relationship with the mother, they may only be able to assist in 20 births a
month. Availability could quickly fill up with a particular midwife and your
baby isn’t going to wait to come out! In viewing the second half of the
documentary tomorrow, I am hoping to learn if there are any more complications
that could arise with midwives.