15 Good Reasons to Choose a Midwife

by Holly Shearman on May 14, 2014

in Midwife Issues

Midwife with DopplerWith the popularity of homebirths and natural childbirth on the rise, so too is the number of midwives delivering babies. Recent studies show midwives are delivering 8.1 percent of the country’s babies — and 12.1 percent of vaginal births, or about one of every eight deliveries — an all-time high, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The promising trend shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the numerous benefits associated with having a midwife by your side as you deliver your baby. Here are just 15 good reasons to go with a midwife …

  1. Women who work with a midwife throughout pregnancy have lower chances of pre-term birth, according to reviewed data from 13 trials involving 16,242 women in The Cochrane Library.
  2. The same research found women who work with a midwife are less likely to lose their babies before 24 weeks.
  3. And having a midwife as your health care provider is associated with fewer epidurals, fewer episiotomies, and fewer assisted births.
  4. Midwives aim to instill a great deal of self-trust in their patients. “We put the belief in women that they can do whatever they put their mind to,” explains midwife Pam Hetrick, CNM, of the Family Birthing Center at West Medical Center in Willoughby, Ohio. “This is so important in pregnancy to give women the power and knowledge to be prepared for labor and birth and care for their newborn.”
  5. Women who received midwife-only care were generally happier.
  6. Having a midwife makes you no more likely to have a C-section.
  7. If you’re interested in natural childbirth, midwifery philosophy is very much in line with the sort of labor and delivery you would like to plan. They can also work with you to have a natural delivery in a hospital.
  8. Although there are certainly OB/GYNs who believe in this philosophy, as well, midwives are particularly committed to helping a woman carry out her ideal birth experience/plan (unmedicated, homebirth, etc.). “We truly believe that women are our partners in healthcare,” says Hetrick. “We support women in their choices that they make for themselves and their baby.”
  9. They’re also committed to providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support, according to their model of care.
  10. By choosing a midwife, you’ll automatically have more options for where you can give birth, such as in a birthing center or at home.
  11. The midwives’ “model of care” includes that the provider will monitor the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother through her pregnancy. Hetrick explains, “We provide them with more than their physical care, but emotional and spiritual needs of the mother and her family.”
  12. The cost of childbirth could be less with a midwife, as they often offer payment plans, sliding fees, and are willing to accept most insurance plans including Medicaid.
  13. Midwives routinely identify and refer women who require obstetrical attention, so if your circumstances change and you do need a medical doctor, your midwife can play “middlewoman” in that situation.
  14. Women who have midwives have fewer recovery complications.
  15. There are no advantages of a standard obstetric hospital approach over a midwife setting inside or outside of the hospital, according to doctoral research conducted by Dr. Peter Schlenzka, Ph.D. of Stanford University.

How do you feel about choosing a midwife over a OB/GYN?


Source: The Stir by Maressa Brown


Homemade Mosquito Repellant

by Holly Shearman on February 26, 2014

in Recipes

It is nearly Spring – Yay! – and it’s time to get ready for Mosquito invasions. Here is an easy and pleasant repellent that is family-friendly and one you can make at home.
Mosquito-RepellentIf you are a user of essential oils, I recommend the following recipe from the Surviving The Stores.com website (if you don’t have essential oils on hand, see the recipe at the bottom of this post).


  • 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Citronella essential oil
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp Homemade Vanilla Extract (which is why I recommend making your own so it’s inexpensive!)
  • 4-5 Tbsp. Lemon Juice or 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil


  1. Mix all of the above ingredients in a spray bottle and fill the rest up with water (or a mix of water and vodka, or a mix of water and witch hazel).
  2. Spray away!!

Here is the link to the original recipe on Surviving the Stores.com

The other recipe I came across on Facebook was a version of the above but using only one essential oil.


  • 15 drops of lavender oil
  • 3-4 drops of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Combine the above in a 16 oz spray bottle
  2. Fill with water
  3. Shake

Try both recipes and let me know which you like best in the comment section below.

You may also want to make extras to give as Springtime gifts for your family, friends and neighbors.


Running Through Pregnancy

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My husband, Paul, is on a new running kick and I’ve been joining him on his runs as my schedule allows. My thoughts often wander to my moms-to-be and the questions I often get about running during pregnancy. The old-school thinking about pregnancy was that women should exercise very little–or not at all. Fortunately, times […]

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Hangin’ from the Chandeliers

June 23, 2012

I love this picture!  It represents the teamwork that is involved in giving birth to a baby, especially when the birth is hard.  Mom, Dad, doula, midwife, and baby working together. I think it’s a great shot for people to see the tools available at a home birth. The IV hanging from the chandelier pretty […]

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West Houston Birth Center

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I am so excited to announce the “birth” of West Houston Birth Center! We are located at 11321 Richmond Avenue, only 1 mile from West Houston Medical Center and 1 mile off of the Beltway.  I think a lot of people (speedsters) will love the location because you can zip on down the beltway and […]

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Midwife Bag: what I take to a birth

May 31, 2012

Midwives birth bags are pretty diverse, just like women’s purses.  I think it’s quite educational for the general public, physicians especially, to know what midwives carry to a birth.  We don’t just show up with no supplies hoping to catch a baby!  OK- in our dreams maybe!  We all carry different things to births.  It […]

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Knit like a hippie midwife

February 22, 2012

I’ve finally learned how to knit, so I guess now I am a REAL midwife!  I think I will fit in better at all of the midwife conferences.  It’s true-I’m not kidding.  Many midwives knit during classes at conferences and while women are in labor.  I think it’s a great skill to have. It gives […]

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Back Labor

February 15, 2012

Every woman’s nightmare-back labor.  A woman may experience back labor if her baby is in the OP (occiput posterior) position. This is also called sunny side up.  Normally, a baby faces the mother’s back, which makes for a nice normal labor since a smaller diameter of the head is coming through the pelvis.  However, if […]

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February 12, 2012

When you wake up and it looks like you just got breast implants but don’t remember having the surgery…your milk is in! Your boobs can get pretty uncomfortable and feel like they are going to explode.  Here’s some tips to help reduce the discomfort. 1. Nurse or pump every 2 hours round the clock (even […]

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