What is a Midwife? What People Need to Know – Podcast Ep 43

What is a Midwife? What People Need to Know – Podcast Ep 43

pregnancyPublished October 13, 2020

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert


Did you know midwives attend only about 8 percent of U.S. births?1 Many women in the United States are unaware of who midwives are, what they do, and where they practice. In the United States, most women never even consider hiring one as their maternity care provider. This breaks my heart because midwifery is as common as obstetrics in many other developed countries, like France, the U.K., and Australia. Why is this? Studies show that births attended by midwives are just as safe as physician-attended births.2 In fact, midwifery care is associated with lower rates of C-sections and other interventions, yet it is still not as popular. In my opinion, it’s the best-kept secret of maternity care in the United States and the world.

Last week was National Midwifery Week.3 I’m chatting with Mary Love about midwives and their care to shed some light on this significant role. Mary is a certified nurse-midwife, family nurse-practitioner, and Clinical Director of the Heart of Houston Birth & Wellness Center. With Mary’s many years of experience in multiple settings, I knew she would be a wonderful person to answer the most common questions.

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