“Some people who would otherwise be fine with having a hospital procedure done are now avoiding the hospital out of fear of the novel coronavirus. That includes some expectant mothers, more of whom are turning to out-of-hospital births. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler talks to local midwives about the surge of baby business, and the challenges they face.”
“For women that are pregnant these days, the last thing they want on their mind is the coronavirus. That is why many women have decided to not give birth in the hospital, but rather seek help from a midwife for a natural birth.”
“She remembered the birth in a “teeny tiny little camper” in Crozet with nine people inside. There was the set of twins welcomed into life by 20 family members and friends of the parents, and the surprise of the birth of a daughter when the ultrasound had appeared to show it was a boy. And who could forget the women who gave birth to daughters an hour apart at Brookhaven Women’s Health and Natural Birth Center, Ward’s business off Port Republic Road.”
“Midwives have delivered babies for centuries, but in America they mostly went underground as childbirth became medicalized in the 20th century. So, like many other midwives these days, Misty Ward, owner and founder of Brookhaven Women’s Health and Natural Birthing Center outside Harrisonburg, is a bit of a rebel…” Follow the link above to read or listen to Misty’s interview on our local NPR station!
“The one thing I always want people to realize is how we treat mothers and babies and how mothers experience birth matters,” Zinn said. “It matters to their mental and physical health a long time after they have their babies.”