Should you use a midwife?
Caitlin Oomen of Aurora, Ont., gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Lilith, in February 2012. Like all new mothers, the then 25-year-old craft artisan was nervous and excited, and everything in between. “It was the biggest thing I’ve ever gone through.” Oomen had read and researched her birth options. “I decided what my ideal birth would be-minimal interventions, having authority over my own body and having someone respect my decisions. Plus, I really wanted to use a midwife.”
While her husband, Benjamin, was very supportive, many of the people she told about her decision to use a midwife seemed unaware and uncertain of the role and scope of midwifery, and expressed their concern for her safety. So “it was sometimes tough to stand my ground in my decisions,” says Oomen.
In any birth, tough choices abound: midwife or obstetrician? Hospital or home birth? Medical intervention or au naturel? We looked into the details to help you make your decision.