To those of us who are familiar with midwifery care, this is hilarious... and the answer is a resounding "of course!" However, with more than 90% of women never experiencing what prenatal care with a midwife is like, it's completely reasonable for people to be unaware of a midwife's capabilities and maybe have some reservations about the level of care they can even provide. I admit, the first midwife attended birth I heard about involved a cabin and a boiled shoelace. I was horrified, as I'm sure most modern women would be.
I thought it might be fun to share with you what an appointment with my midwife, Jill, here in Salinas is like. People are usually shocked that my appointments typically run an hour, sometimes more if we get chatting. Some midwives work in offices alongside obstetricians, some work in birth centers (we don't have that option here either), some have their own offices where they conduct appointments and some come to the homes of their clients. That is what mine does, usually while my kids nap.
Baby was awake and very active this day but Jill finally cupped her hand near my ribs and said, "there... that's a little butt there," and near the left side of my pelvis, "and here's a head, baby is really having a good time in there wiggling around."
We finish up with a drum circle and hallucinogenic herbs... ok not true... two people can't make a circle. An appointment with a midwife is really not that much different from seeing an obstetrician, you get all of the same important medical screening, plus added attention to how you are doing as a whole and a more hands on approach to care. I don't feel like I'm being examined as much as I feel like we are working together to make sure baby and I are healthy.