Black midwives, for centuries, have played a critical role in improving the care and outcomes for Black families. At the same time, Black midwives have also faced extra, unnecessary, and often extreme and insurmountable challenges to practicing and serving the families in need.
Research showed that people birthing in facilities with both midwives and doctors on staff were less likely to be induced, less likely to have their labor augmented with pitocin, less likely to have a cesarean, and more likely to have a successful vaginal birth after cesarean.
May 5th is International Day of the Midwife, a day recognized globally to thank and appreciate all that midwives around the world do to help families have safe and healthy births.
The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated on the 5th of May each year to highlight the important role midwives play in the health of families. Access to a skilled midwife can help reduce and prevent deaths of more than 287,000 people who die while giving birth.
Birth by the Numbers just released the newest video in their occasional video series and this time Dr. Eugene Declercq and his team are providing valuable information about current home birth trends in the United States.