Welcome to the St. Louis chapter of the Missouri Midwives Association. We created this page to connect mothers and families to useful information about midwifery, out-of-hospital birth, and resources around St Louis and Missouri, as well as national organizations. If you have any questions, please contact us through the web site, or directly contact any one of the midwives listed under "Find a Midwife".
Midwives are healthcare professionals who specialize in the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. They are trained to provide comprehensive care that is both safe and supportive. Midwives can provide care in a variety of settings, including hospitals, birth centers, and homes.
There are many benefits to using a midwife. Some of the most common benefits include:
- Lower rates of interventions: Midwives are less likely to recommend or perform interventions during labor and delivery than doctors. This means that you are more likely to have a natural, unmedicated birth if you choose to have a midwife.
- Higher satisfaction: Women who have midwives report higher levels of satisfaction with their care than women who have doctors. This is likely due to the fact that midwives provide more personalized and holistic care.
- More affordable: Midwives typically charge less than doctors for prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. This can make midwifery care a more affordable option for many women.
- More accessible: Midwives are often more accessible than doctors. They may be able to see you more quickly for appointments, and they may be able to deliver your baby at a hospital or birth center that is closer to your home.
- More supportive: Midwives are known for their supportive and compassionate care. They are committed to providing women with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about their care.
Midwifery care is a great option for many women, and it can provide you with the safe, supportive, and affordable care you need during your pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum period.
Here are some additional things to consider when choosing a midwife:
- Your experience with childbirth: If you have had a previous childbirth, you may want to consider a midwife who has experience with women who have had similar experiences.
- Your location: If you live in a rural area, you may want to choose a midwife who is affiliated with a hospital or birth center that is close to you.
- The midwife's philosophy: Make sure the midwife you choose shares your values and beliefs about childbirth.
Choosing a midwife is a personal decision. By taking the time to choose a qualified and experienced midwife, you can be sure to have a safe and positive childbirth experience.