Midwives on the continuum

10 March 2010 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

Pretty obviously, there are lots of differences among midwives, as among the members of any group. After talking to some of my friends and cousins, though, who are also seeing midwives during their pregnancies, I’ve been struck by how drastic some of the differences are–some midwives are more medically minded, while others are far more on the side of the midwifery model of care. Even among homebirth midwives (which in MA for now virtually excludes CNMs and therefore slants toward the midwifery end of the scale), there are many differences in terms of how much prenatal screening they suggest and how many newborn exams and procedures they suggest.

So, what have your experiences been? Did your midwife advise an ultrasound, or suggest against them entirely? Some midwives suggest no GD screening, while others suggest a modified version of the sugar drink test using jellybeans (or pancakes). What about Vitamin K for your newborn, and other things? Where does your midwife fall on the continuum?



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