Health & Fitness

July 13, 2011

Have you used a midwife or a doula?

The birth of a child is always memorable for most women.

Not only because they finally get to see their babies for the first time after carrying them inside their wombs for nine months, but also for the labor experience, and of course, the pain.

At least I know this from talking to family members and friends who have given birth. I'm not a mother so I wouldn't know from my own experience.

For a while now, I've been trying to work on a story about midwives or even doulas in Merced County. I'm very interested in knowing how often their service is used in the area, if it's used at all.

As it was recently explained by a story in the Los AngelesTimes, there are pros and cons that come along with giving birth at home with the assistance of a midwife. One of the positive aspects is that women can give birth in the comfort of their own home. At the same time, a negative aspect is that in the event of complications in the birth, there are no emergency personnel to assist.

Home births only account for 1 percent, or 28,400, of all births each year, the article states. But the number increased from 2004 to 2008 by 20 percent, according to the article.

The services of a midwife or even a doula is probably used much more often by women living in larger cities, but if there is someone within Merced County who has used or will use a midwife to give birth at home, I want to hear from you and your experience. Was it worth it?

If you have used a doula or plan to use one to provide support during your pregnancy, I also would love to hear from you.

E-mail me at yamaro@mercedsun-star.com.

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