(KUTV) Rochelle Marsh is pregnant with her 3rd child. She is 33 weeks along and she is checking in with her midwife regularly to make sure the birth goes smoothly. “I feel like there is more of a personal connection that you get with a midwife. You get to know them better,” Marsh says.
Rochelle used a midwife to deliver her other two children; both children were born naturally. “The thought of an epidural creeps me out. So I didn’t like the thought or idea of not being in control and not being able to experience what is going on in my body,” she says.
Vicki O’Neal is overseeing Rochelle’s pregnancy. She says there are benefits to using a midwife. “Generally we follow the same medical schedules as physicians. But what differs us from them is generally we have appointments that are a little bit longer then physicians. So we get a chance to know our patients.”
Vicki says she will help the patient create a birth wish list. She will be with them during the labor and the delivery. “Once we get a call knowing the patient is in the hospital we are going to get there as soon as we can,” O’Neal says.
Midwives have been around for centuries. However, there are still some misconceptions about the practice. “They [women] hear things in the community that we only do home births or we don’t allow them to have epidurals,” says O’Neal. “Or that we aren’t educated. And so what we tell them is at least here we do the births in the hospital and we do allow them to do any sort of birth they want.”
If a problem does surface, a doctor will be called in to help. For example, if a woman’s pregnancy is considered to be high risk, she will often be referred to a physician.
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