Midwifery There was a bit on the radio this morning about a group of ladies who have started assisting other ladies in giving birth at home. They have no formal training, nor is there any money that changes hands, only an occasional exchange of services. One of the comments that struck me during the interview was a lady commenting that birthing "is a natural process that women have handled just fine on their own for thousands of years", but that in the past ~100 years men have turned it into a scary process that has to be "managed" by the medical profession. Being a guy, I somewhat agree that it's scary (think: "you want me to squeeze O through o ???" :shocked: ) I also can't help but think that the aide of a doctor has likely saved thousands of babies from dieing from complications at birth. Having a baby at home may be perfectly fine for some, but I question it for all. Thoughts? And ladies, would you have (have you had) a baby at home by yourself, with/without a midwife being present?