Health Report: Midwifery

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Recently women have been choosing to forego the obstetricians and hospital stays during labor and delivery, instead opting for mid-wives and birthing centers.
Kate Parks is a mid-wife at Alaska Family Health and Birthing Center, and talks about what it means to be a mid-wife.

Kate Parks; Midwife at Alaska Family Health and Birthing Center >> "I think something that is really distinct of the midwifery model of care, is that it is mother lead, and mother directed care where we are part of her care team."

Mid-wives at Birthing Centers are trained in delivery of low risk pregnancies, however, there are hospital mid-wives as well, for those who are at a higher risk for complications.
Mid-wives have much of the same training as OB/GYN's, in that they can offer services such as lab work and ultrasounds.
Midwife Dana Brown explains how OB/GYN's and mid-wives are different.

Dana Brown; Midwife at AFHBC >> "Well OB/GYNs have extensive training. They are MD's. They know how to do surgery, they can deal with high risk pregnancies as well as low risk pregnancies. But they are doctors. Mid-wives in the Birth Center setting, are really trained to help low-risk women deliver safely in an out of hospital setting, such as a birthing center."

Mid-wives are great resources for anyone who wants to try natural birthing methods.
For this week's Health Report, I'm Rhiannon Walker.