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Midwifery, outdated or underrated? Many pregnant women in the United States are unaware of the options they have in choosing their primary health care providers. Most women think that the only way to have their baby delivered is by going to a hospital and receiving care from a physician. The other option women are usually not aware of is midwife-led care. Midwives offer various amounts of methods and approaches to child birth. They only tend to women that are experiencing normal “low risk” pregnancies. Midwife-led care provides normal pregnancy women with various options in places and methods of delivery. Women aided by a midwife may choose to have their baby in places such as hospitals, maternity centers or even in a woman’s private residence. A certified nurse midwife is a registered nurse with professional training in midwifery. Midwives usually work in collaboration with physicians and consult them if any problems are to occur. Midwives are considered primary health-care providers and professionals (“Obstetrics”). They perform normal, non-operative methods of delivery. Midwives establish personal relationships with their clients and educate women throughout their reproductive lives. They give gynecological and obstetric exams and can prescribe medication when necessary (in most states). Midwives approach birth as a natural form of delivery. They use strict, natural and observational methods to verify a woman’s progress in pregnancy and provide all that is necessary to ensure comfort and safety. Midwifery is one of the oldest professions known to man and is even mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible (Genesis 24). Initially it was considered to be the only method of childbirth, however, attitudes toward midwives have changed over time due to the constant advancements in medicine. Today, many physicians believe that...

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