Some people still believe…
- The earth is flat . . .
- The sun revolves around the earth . . .
- You’ll get cramps if you swim after eating . . .
- The streets of America are paved with gold . . .
- The check is in the mail . . .
- Hospital birth is safer than home birth . . .
- Doctors are safer than midwives . . .
Get the facts, know the truth!
- The percentage of countries providing universal prenatal care that have lower infant mortality rates than the United States: 100%.
- The percentage of U.S. births attended principally by midwives: 5% The percentage of European births attended principally by midwives: 75%.
- Number of midwives practicing in the U.S.: 3,000-4,000 direct-entry midwives; 3,500 certified nurse-midwives.
- Number of midwives needed in the U.S. to meet European levels: 120,000.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the preferred location for most births is outside the hospital, either at home or in a birthing center, and that out-of-hospital birth should be implemented and maintained as the basic standard for all midwifery education and training programs.
- According to two recently published studies, direct-entry midwife-attended home births were accomplished with safety comparable to that of conventional births. In fact, physician-attended hospital birth has never been shown to be safer than midwife-attended home birth for women with normal pregnancies.
- Most home births in the United States are attended by direct-entry midwives.
- Americans could save $13 billion to $20 billion annually in health care costs by developing a network of midwifery care providers, demedicalizing childbirth, and encouraging breastfeeding. (Frank A. Oski, M.D., professor and director, Department of Pediatrics, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore)