When I became pregnant with my first child, my sister-in-law, an OB/GYN, suggested that I see a midwife. She so overwhelmingly praised the midwives in her practice that it seemed like the natural choice for us. When I first met my midwife, I immediately felt at at peace with our choice and with the pregnancy. She and every midwife I met approached pregnancy as a normal process and conveyed a sense of calm empowerment to me throughout. Also, despite the thousands of pregnancies she had followed in her career, my midwife always maintained a sense of awe and amazement at the process. She made me feel like I was the only pregnant woman in the world when she talked with me.
To me, the philosophy of midwives is exemplified by the humble way they describe their role in the birth process. While often you hear of an OB/GYN "delivering" a baby, the midwives I have met do not take credit for this--delivering a baby is what the mother does. They will simply say that they "caught" the baby. While in reality they do much more than that, it's just another example of how they give the credit to the mothers and the power of their bodies to "deliver" the baby.
I am blessed to have journeyed through two pregnancies with my midwife, and thanks to her knowledge, wisdom, and expert care we now have two beautiful little girls. I was extremely fortunate that she was able to be present for the birth of our second baby. I am certain that her patience and wisdom saved us from needing undesired interventions and helped us have the birth experience that was important to us. She will always have a special place in our lives and hearts.