“Midwifery care is a luxury,” said a midwife friend to me the other day. But is it? Should it be?
Historically, we know that is not true. In the first chapter of the book of Exodus, the Bible tells us about the Hebrew slaves being attended by midwives during childbirth. Recorded throughout time, we see women being attended by other women in childbirth through art and literature. Women stayed home to birth their babies with midwives until the early 1900s. At that time, doctors started realizing that money could be made by attending birth. They started convincing rich, white women that birth was safer in the hospital. But the poor women continued to birth their babies at home, with the granny midwives.
With the introduction of big, beautiful birth centers with high dollar price tags, many have become convinced that birth with a midwife is a luxury. There are plenty of midwives and plenty of birth centers to reinforce that ideal. But midwifery care is the primary source of pregnancy care around the world. The World Health Organization recommends midwifery care as a solution to the shortage of doctors. This is the way that it should be.
My personal belief is that midwifery care should be accessible to any low risk woman that wants it. Women who work at Walmart should have access to good midwifery care just as much as the wife of a Dallas Cowboy. They should not be told to just take their free, Medicaid birth at the nearest hospital.
Just like that Walmart employee would not expect to go car shopping and come home with a BMW, one would not expect a birth at one of the luxury birth centers though. Simple midwifery care, birthing in your home, with no bells and whistles should be the Ford or Kia in our car example.
As someone that has been low income, I have attempted to keep my fees at a reasonable rate for those who wish to have good quality midwifery care at an affordable price. You can read more on how to make midwifery affordable to you at this blog post that I wrote a few months back.
What do you think? Are midwives a luxury? Or should midwifery care be accessible to all? Tell me what you think. And contact me for more information about affordable midwifery care in the comfort of your own home.