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When should you consider working with a midwife when you're pregnant?

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Midwives are health professionals who help women during labor, delivery, and birth of their babies. You may want to consider working with one if you want as natural childbirth as possible, ideally avoiding things like episiotomy, fetal monitoring, and induced labor. Midwives also offer emotional, practical, and social support to would-be mothers.

From: What Is a Midwife? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: "Certified Nurse Midwife."

Association of Midwifery Educators: "Certification."

American College of Nurse Midwives: "Comparison of Certified Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, and Certified Professional Midwives."

American College of Nurse Midwives: "Definition of Midwifery and Scope of Practice of Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives."

American College of Nurse Midwives: "Differences between Nurse-Midwives, Other Midwives, and Doulas."

Midwifery Alliance of North America, 2011: "Direct-Entry Midwifery State-by-State Legal Status, Last Updated 5-11-2011."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: "Certified Nurse Midwife."

Association of Midwifery Educators: "Certification."

American College of Nurse Midwives: "Comparison of Certified Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, and Certified Professional Midwives."

American College of Nurse Midwives: "Definition of Midwifery and Scope of Practice of Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives."

American College of Nurse Midwives: "Differences between Nurse-Midwives, Other Midwives, and Doulas."

Midwifery Alliance of North America, 2011: "Direct-Entry Midwifery State-by-State Legal Status, Last Updated 5-11-2011."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on October 17, 2018

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