Part 2: Midwives are common, c-sections rare

  • Article by: CHEN MAY YEE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 3, 2010 - 9:41 AM

St. Joseph's Hospital, the oldest in Minnesota, has found a new niche as it relies on midwives.

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lapcindJun. 2, 10 9:49 PM

I am so happy to see this article out here. Melissa, Brielle, and the rest of the Healtheast midwives are wonderful! They are so caring, so knowledgeable, and I had a wonderful birth experience! After a near C-section with my second child, these wonderful women restored my faith in myself and actually helped me emotionally heal from that horrible experience while giving my husband and I a wonderful memory of our last birth. I never once was worried about any medical needs as I knew I was in a hospital and very safe. And, I cannot say enough about St. Joe's maternity ward. A really wonderful place to recover and rest before going home. To anyone fearful of an "un-needed" C-section, I highly encourage you to look into Healtheast, St. Joes (or Woodwinds).

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westernmnJun. 2, 10 9:50 PM

Hospitals and doctors generally have an "illness attitude" - you are sick and we are here to fix that. However, pregnancy is normal. Hospitals, doctors don't do normal. It's a baby, not a tumor, it doesn't have to be surgically removed. Another big factor is time. Midwives enjoy spending lots of time with the mom & family. Doctors often have the attitude it is a waste of their time and would rather schedule a C-section to fit into their calendar and get it over with. Hospitals are adding midwives because if they don't they will loose business to the ones that do, because midwives are extremely popular, not as a fad, but as proffessionals that provide a tremendous service.

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d44332211Jun. 3, 10 1:40 AM

Most physicians, especially those younger than 45, are very much in favor of midwives delivering babies in hospitals. To say otherwise is rather puzzling to me. In fact, some physicians recommend to their own family and friends to utilize a hospital that has midwives available. Physicians tend to have problems with midwives doing unsupervised home-deliveries, especially when they are minimally trained, as is allowed in some states.

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xcvbnmJun. 3, 10 6:32 AM

60% of the babies born at St. Joseph's are born to family physicians and obstetricians. The family physicians from HealthEast Rice Street and Roselawn clinics deliver at St. Joseph's Hospital. I know that at least one of those doctors has an eight percent c-section rate. The doctors from these clinics also deliver their own patients. Whenever possible, the doctor who cared for you during your pregnancy will be there for your delivery as well. They can also care for your children and entire family after your birth, whether they, or a CNM, delivered your children.

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putney1968Jun. 3, 10 7:40 AM

Put a muzzle on trial lawyers like John Edwards and watch the C-section rates drop all over the country.

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father3timesJun. 3, 10 7:45 AM

Let me preface my comments by saying I'm not a hippie, I believe in Western medicine, I like beer, and mainly vote the conservative ticket. That said, my wife and I had all three of our children (all 5 & under) at St. Joe's with their midwives, sans drugs, and would give St. Joe's, the midwives & the rest of the staff our highest recommendation. I think traditional Western medicine has done women a disservice by making childbirth into a "scary" thing when it's totally not. Yeah, it's dang hard, and some women truly do need medical intervention & drugs, but it's an amazing feat to do it without. To have your wife & baby completely alert and coherent the minute after delivery is absolutely wonderful for everyone. I've never been prouder of the strength of my wife than those three experiences at St. Joe's. I'd encourage anyone who is expecting to just have a conversation with a midwife to talk about the experience. Well worth it!

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marathongirlJun. 3, 10 8:40 AM

Just a point here but Westernmn never says drs don't approve of midwives. Westernmn is pointing to midwives because drs might not be as interested in delivering babies due to the time factor etc.

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biffpoloJun. 3, 10 8:40 AM

Don't forget that the vast majority of midwife births are low risk pregnancies, with good reason. For healthy mothers with low risk factors midwives are an excellent alternative. Yes there are far too many C-sections. I think it is a combination of both doctors and mothers wanting a more predictable timetable and outcome.

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calliarcaleJun. 3, 10 9:00 AM

Pregnancy is normal but delivery is very hazardous; just look at how common it was for women to die in childbirth before hospital birthing became common. I agree that there are too many c-sections done, but many will look at this title and think it means midwife attended births are better than OB attended births, when in fact both can be perfectly fine; it really depends on the case. Midwives do not take on high-risk pregnancies, for good reason: those are the ones most likely to need the services of an obstetrician. So midwives will always see fewer c-sections, because they see fewer high-risk pregnancies, and not because they are "better". But that's okay. Personally, I prefer attendance by a family practice doctor to either OB or midwife, on option which is often ignored. But the family practice doc has one big advantage which neither OB nor midwife has: they can be the baby's pediatrician. (They also do not perform c-sections, and must refer those to the OB surgeon on call.) Even low-risk pregnancies can go bad; something as simple as a prolapsed umbilical cord (the cord slips out the cervix before the baby does, and is then clamped shut by the baby's descending head) can kill the baby in minutes. The best balance, I think, is birth centers -- they combine the intimacy of one-on-one midwifery with a more homey setting and the outstanding emergency preparedness of a hospital. (By the way, father3times, drugs do not always make mother and child groggy. Epidurals and spinal blocks in particular do not make them sleepy, which is the great benefit they offer over other pain treatments. It is entirely conscious. I was awake and alert for my second c-section, and allowed to hold my awake and alert newborn while the surgeon removed the placenta. It was truly awesome, and I thank whoever it was that invented the spinal block.)

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happy1234Jun. 3, 10 9:33 AM

We had our second daughter with a midwive in April. We used the HypnoBirthing technique and our experience was amazing. Not only just at the hospital but the months beforehand. A calm, relaxing and confident pregnancy right up to the time Hannah was born. Yes, we used a midwive at Methodist, but we were confident to know if we had any problems, there was a OB on staff to help out. We had a natural, drug-free expereience and I can't tell you how amazing our experience was. Plus, my labor was quick and we were home the following day. Hypnobirthing prepared my mind to realize it is possible to have a natural birth. Any other Hypnobirthing mommas out there?

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