More women are opting to use midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants for their maternity care, a new study from the American College of Nurses Midwives revealed.
During a webinar last week, some mothers shared how their birthing experience was made even more smooth by the presence of one of these medical professionals in the room who provided support and education about the labor and delivery process even more so than her doctor.
Many times women succumb to medical intervention because they are not fully aware of all the options and that some decisions are made that are not based on medical reasoning but perhaps convenience and expediency.
The study, published in the September 2012 issue of the Journal of Midwivery & Women’s Health showed that the percentage of pregnant women getting midwife, NP and PA care increased by 48% over the past ten years. The research also indicated that there has been a 30% increase in women getting both care from an obstetrician and a midwife, NP or PA.
For years, there had been some stigma attached to getting maternity care from midwives, but this study reveals that attitudes and practices are changing.
“These findings are especially positive as we continue our work with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, encouraging collaborative maternity care models that integrate services by different types of clinicians,” said Avery, coauthor and immediate past president of ACNM. “Collaborative practices in existence today are experiencing better outcomes for mothers and infants and increased work satisfaction for OB-GYNs and midwives.”
Experts state that in the United States, the implementation of the new Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will require more PA, midwives and Nurse Practitioners to be trained to accommodate a growing demand from the public. More people will have insurance and be required to obtain insurance under the law implemented in 2010 and recently upheld by the US Supreme Court.