Ashley Martin and "Picture Perfect Births"

Home birth is back in the news. In early December, the British health service released new statistics on the use of midwives at home and in birthing centers. Based on these findings, they concluded healthy women were safer delivering with a midwife at home or in a birthing center than in a hospital. These findings prompted the New York Times Editorial Board to officially recommend a more welcoming approach to midwifery and home births here in the United States

On one of her recent shows highlighting these findings, Diane Rehm noted that there seemed to be consensus among her guests and the medical community - midwives offer a better standard of care and real lessons for the medical community on how the patient experience. 

Unfortunately, despite the growing evidence that midwives and home births can be a safe options for mothers, my most recent discussions involving home birth have centered around a viral post on PopSugar entitled "What A Home Birth Is Like: My True Feelings Regarding My Home Birth Experience" by Ashley Martin. 

You'll never believe that THIS is a crime.

Today is International Day of the Midwife. Began by the International Conference of Midwives, this year's theme is "Midwives changing the world one family at a time."

Obviously, I feel passionately about the cause of midwifery. My midwife is like a member of my family. She gave me the births I always wanted. She supported me. She encouraged me. She brought my two boys into the world safely, which is a gift I can never repay. 

She also committed a crime.