How have midwives touched your life? Share your story for National Midwifery Week 2011!

Happy National Midwifery Week, everyone!  Here in NYC we kicked off National Midwifery Week with a very successful Miles for Midwives 5K run around Prospect Park.  But there’s a lot more going on nationally this week.  First of all, check out Team Midwife.  A $15 donation to Team Midwife will help the ACNM continue to fund its mission of promoting and supporting midwifery care in this country, and as a member of the team you’ll receive a monthly newsletter featuring women’s health news, resources and stories about amazing midwives, a member badge to display on blogs (for those with blogs *ahem*), and action alerts.  Sounds like a good deal, right?  Right!

But more to the point, I want to hear about all the ways that midwives have touched your lives this year!  Part of the way we’re going to increase the number of midwife-attended births is by getting the word out about how wonderful midwives are in the first place.  So share your story! Share it on the ACNM website, and then share it here, too.  How has a midwife changed your life this year?  What experiences have you had with midwives this year?  How has a midwife supported you this year?  Why do you love your midwife?  Let me know!  And let the world know.

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  1. The Midwife
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m actually going to get the ball rolling myself. I’ve published my birth story here on this website, but I am still astounded and so eternally grateful for how everything turned out, and my two amazing midwives have everything to do with that! Had I been in a hospital, I’m sure that I would have ended up with a cesarean at some point for “failure to progress” or “arrest of labor” or some such nonsense like that, probably at the point that I was still only 4-5 cm dilated after 41 hours of labor. Thankfully, my midwives didn’t find this to be any cause for alarm at all. Because of their belief in the NORMALCY of birth, they were able to let my labor proceed knowing that I was still within the range of normal and that everything was still healthy and safe (and trust me, we were listening to the fetal heart rate frequently during the birth and making sure that everything was just that: healthy and safe!). My dearest midwives, thank you both for your faith in me, especially when I had lost faith in myself and was convinced that going to the hospital for an epidural and possibly pitocin was the only course of action left. Thank you for the grace to realize that a touch on the shoulder, a gentle smile or joke can express so much more than words to a laboring woman. Thank you for your hour-long prenatal visits and the wonderful care and support I received from both of you throughout my pregnancy. Thank you for your comprehensive postpartum care: not just on postpartum day 2, but on day 1 and day 3, not to mention numerous phone calls and allowing me to text you in the wee hours of the morning when I was freaking out about a crying baby or engorged breasts! Thank you for all that you do for the home birth and midwifery community in New York City. You are both an inspiration to me, and a shining example of the kind of midwife I want to be someday. Thank you both for being with me through one of the most amazing, difficult, awe-inspiring, indescribable experiences of my life, and for your endless, tireless support, love and devotion.

  2. Danielle
    Posted November 21, 2011 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Up until I became pregnant 7 months ago, I hadn’t heard much about midwifery or doulas or natural birth. As a young woman of 21, it was something I hadn’t thought to consider. Once I found out I was pregnant, though, I began researching and learning all I could about this process taking place inside my body, and managed to stumble across some great home-birth information, including this blog. I fell in love with the philosophies of natural birth, and became appalled at the procedures hospitals commonly use without necessity. It outraged me. I began researching statistics, watching documentaries, interviewing OBs and midwives. I toured two hospitals and was upset by both experiences, and nearly had a panic attack thinking that I may have to give birth in that environment. So I settled on Tucson’s only birth center, instead. El Rio Birth & Women’s Center. My experience there was phenomenal. Tragically, though, I lost my baby in the second trimester. I was devastated. My midwife was SO compassionate and loving and wonderful. I opted to have a D and C procedure, which I now think was not the best option, but in the heat of the moment it seemed better. The D and C didn’t work, I began having contractions about 18 hours after the procedure, and ended up in the hospital. They gave me cytotec, which was a drug that I had researched and sworn I would never use when giving birth, but I was glad for the opportunity to see what the effects were really like. It was horrible. The worst pain of my life. All these experiences during my pregnancy have led me to pursue a career in midwifery. I’ll be enrolling in a school in El Paso next fall, and will be catching my first baby soon after that. I’m so thankful to the midwives I met through this experience for helping me find such a passion in my life. It’s truly a gift. I can’t wait to be one of the privileged women who participates so closely in bringing a beautiful new life into our world! :)

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