People are often surprised when Mrs. JoseMonkey and I explain that Baby V was not born in a hospital. She was born at a birth center, with a midwife and a nurse attending. There were no doctors present. Other than the midwife and the RN (and Mrs. JoseMonkey, of course), I was the only other person in the room. (Until Baby V arrived, making her the fifth person in the room.) About six hours after she was born, all three of us went home to sleep in our own beds.
Volumes have been written about the over-medicalization of pregnancy and birth in our society and the benefits of the midwifery model. I don’t have time to go into detail right now, but I thought some of you might be interested in reading this article that I came across today. In addition to extolling the virtues of a natural, non-hospital birth, this article talks about how the mindset of treating pregnancy and birth as an illness affects the costs and quality of our healthcare.