This week, our show is about the well-established pattern whereby you see a physician or an OBGYN for prenatal care and a perfect stranger does the delivery.
This is probably the 3rd or 4th most common complaint I hear from people at cocktail parties (after "I had to wait in emerg for 27 gazillion hours" or "I can't find a family doc" or "Let me tell you about a doctor who really screwed up the diagnosis of my ______________ (father, mother, brother, you fill in the blanks)."
I get buttonholed regularly by women who are ticked off their OB or FP wasn't there for the delivery. We got a lot of feedback from women who say they switched to a midwife and said the delivery went way better.
Fair enough. But don't think that choosing a midwife means they'll be there for the delivery. People do have to sleep, you know. In the interests of impartiality, Anita van Polen of London, Ontario writes:
"My midwife was not present for my child's birth - it was her weekend off! The issue of not having the person you saw during the course of your pregnancy present at your delivery does not only happen with obstetricians!
I do have to qualify that, though, by saying the level of care I recieved from my midwife pre and post-birth far exceeded that which I recieved from my OB/GYN (for the birth of my first child). I would highly recommend using a midwife for those with low-risk pregnancies."
You can all go back to sleep now! z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z