As a young child, whenever I heard midwife I thought “woman in the village who can’t even speak English always ready to yell PUSH!” as displayed in Epic Nigerian movies. You can’t judge me, I was a child and I was wrong.
A midwife is a “professional” in midwifery. In addition to providing care to women during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period, midwives may also provide primary care related to reproductive health, including annual gynecological exams, family planning, and menopausal care.
The question of having a midwife deliver you, or an ob-gyn always seems to pop amongst the preggies. Well there is no best person for the job even though you find a greater percentage of women going for ob-gyns but tis all depends on a number of factors.
You medical history or condition; a woman who is hypertensive or has another medical condition that usually is affected by the stress of delivery, might be need more than a caregiver.
Whom you have a better relationship with: the kind of relationship you have with whoever is going to deliver you goes a long way in determining the ease that comes with your delivery (most of which is psychological though).
Do you want a caesarean section; well, I don’t know of any midwife who is a trained surgeon.
Do you want the routine delivery; conventional and all or something more private, even in the comfort of your home: this option I will go for anytime.
However, midwives (mostly women) can relate beyond acquired knowledge, but also experiential knowledge.
Contributed By: Chisom Nwobodo