1. “Midwives are not scientific enough.”
Many midwives are actually certified nurse practitioners who have done intensive training in woman’s health. When you’re looking for a midwife, check out her credentials and education. You’ll be surprised to see that they are every bit as rigorously trained as a doctor in woman’s health. Because midwives are focused on expecting women, sometimes their other skills are overlooked.
2. “My insurance probably won’t cover a midwife.”
This problem is getting better. Currently, 33 states require insurance to cover midwives. Your best bet is to find a midwife who works with a practice of doctors. More insurance companies will be embracing the midwife practices. A midwife-led pregnancy is less expensive. At Healthy Woman the midwives will accept the same insurances as the physicians so you don’t have to worry.
3. “Midwives aren’t trained.”
Every licensed midwife has undergone extensive training and practice. It is important to know that there are two different types of midwives. Certified Nurse Midwives and Licensed Midwives are recognized. Certified Nurse Midwives that have a nursing degree and receive specialized training in midwifery; Licensed Midwives must complete three years in a state-approved midwifery education program, then pass an exam. All midwives at Healthy Woman are board certified and will be getting privileges at our hospitals.
4. “I don’t need a midwife because I’m not pregnant.”
Midwives are licensed to provide complete obstetric and gynecological care. Some also do primary care. We focus broadly on women’s health, not just labor and delivery. Midwives specialize in well woman visits for woman of all ages.
5. “Midwives only attend births at home.”
Midwives practice in many different settings, including hospitals, medical offices, free-standing birth centers, clinics, and/or private settings (such as your home). In fact, because many women who choose a midwife for their care wish to deliver their babies in a hospital, many hospitals in the United States offer an in-house midwifery service. And because midwives are dedicated to one-on-one care, many practice in more than one setting to help ensure that women have access to the range of services they need or desire and to allow for specific health considerations. In 2010, about 90% of births attended by midwives in the United States were in hospitals.
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