Today is International Day of the Midwife. Who knew?!?!?!? We were so blessed to see a group of midwives in Norfolk, VA who deliver at the birthing center in DePaul Hospital there. Beth Sova was our midwife, and she was wonderful. The nurses there were also awesome. I’ve never felt such an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for our night nurse who said and did the right thing for us and for Holden when I felt totally lost. I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t remember her name nor did I go back and visit to offer thanks personally. I just remember how calm Beth was and encouraging and how our nurse had the right amount of caring and common sense. Truly, I wouldn’t contemplate any other location or medical group for labor and delivery. If you’re in the Hampton Roads area, I strongly encourage you to check out the Womancare Center and the Midwifery Center within DePaul Hospital. We received our little bundle of joy there in 2012.
Here is an article by Parents magazine regarding the pros of using a midwife versus a traditional OB.
- Using a midwife is as safe as having a doctor. – Totally agree with this! I especially felt comfortable having a midwife as I delivered at a birthing center within a hospital.
- Focus on physical and emotional. – I didn’t feel like just another patient. The whole process felt very holistic, and I loved how they focused on my physical stats like blood pressure a great deal to make sure I was well within normal range. There was a also great support for diet and preparing for baby.
- Less invasive practices. – Midwives are looking for you to go as natural as you feel comfortable with. This was what really won me over. I definitely didn’t want to endanger my baby, but I wanted to let my body do its thing without outside help unless absolutely necessary for the safety of me or my baby.
Just some food for thought on this Happy Midwife Day!