This isn't going to be a typical long blog post, more like a random thought:
Last night I started thinking about how I'd always longed to have my babies either at home or in a local birthcenter that offers midwifery care and waterbirth, but either didn't or couldn't for various reasons. I wholeheartedly believe midwifery should be the standard of care for low-risk women, and homebirth an option for women who desire it. And that got me thinking: what would need to change for midwifery care and homebirth to really become mainstream options in the US? How would it change the face of maternity care? Is it realistic to expect those kinds of changes? And how would the mainstreaming of midwifery change midwifery practice itself? Though I haven't completely thought through this subject yet, I realize the answers are not simple. I'll be exploring this more in future posts!