Originally Posted by Laura Spilde
Is there a difference between the "midwife" assisted homebirth and just general unasssisted "anywhere" birth????
Is there a difference? Sure. The difference is that in a midwife assisted homebirth, there is a midwife present. That can mean a lot of things. At the very least, it means that there is another set of hands to assist if there is a problem that requires help from someone else (applying pressure to resolve a shoulder dystocia, for example, or being on hand if you suffer a severe hemorrhage and lose consciousness ). In the best case scenario, the midwife will be highly skilled and experienced and know how to resolve complications that you may not have anticipated. She will also know when problems are serious enough to warrant a transfer to a hospital.
In either case, the vast majority of full-term pregnancies will end with a healthy baby and a healthy mother, regardless of whether a midwife or doctor is present.
Oh, by the way, you mentioned Native American traditions in the other thread: As far as I am aware, most American Indian tribes used some sort of midwife during childbirth.
(Nothing here should be construed as a critique of homebirth or UC. I'm merely trying to answer her question.)