by Cassie Moore, ACNM Writer and Editor
I regularly skim articles on Babble to see if they have any information
mentioning midwives. Last week, I read Jana Llewellyn’s ultimately uplifting article, My
VBAC Success Story.
In the story, Jana chronicles her
search for a medical provider who will help her get the VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) delivery she’s
looking for. Spoiler alert—she ends up delivering her baby with the assistance
of a midwife when her other medical providers push her to have a second
One paragraph in the middle of the article caught my eye:
I never thought I’d choose a midwife. I didn’t know they existed beyond
history books and the birth center a few miles from my home. But from the first
minute I talked to Ronni, I knew I was in good hands. She was willing to meet
with me for a consultation so she could answer all of my questions. She
explained the slight differences of treating a VBAC patient and a regular
patient. She was honest with me, and she fully supported my decision without
ever skirting around the reality of the risks involved.
probably doesn’t know it, but she pointed out what is probably our biggest
challenge at ACNM. Many women, just like Jana, don’t understand that
midwives are modern-day, highly educated and trained medical providers who
practice not only in birthing centers and homes, but also hospitals.
But Jana also points out one of our greatest strengths: from the first minute she
met her midwife, she knew she would be in good hands. Ronni took the time to
listen to Jana and address her concerns. We hear this constantly from our
members— “The people who know about us and work with us LOVE us. The problem
is, not enough people know about us!”
We know midwifery clients
have overwhelmingly positive experiences all the time, and we’re
working hard to get that message out to the public. You might say that midwives
are this country’s “best kept secret” in health care. But we don’t want to keep
it a secret! So for National
Midwifery Week, we’ve been thinking about how midwives in the United States
can communicate their excellent care to the general public.
We’ve come up with a few ideas listed below, but we’re always happy to hear
feedback from you! Please leave a comment with your ideas on this topic.
- Join Team Midwife and
encourage your clients, friends, and family to do so, too. Team Midwife is
ACNM’s public awareness campaign aimed at communicating the value of midwifery care to women, hospital administrators,
legislators, and more.
- Follow Team Midwife on Facebook
and Twitter and share articles
and stories about what makes midwives so great.