The restrictions for Certified Midwives make the practice of midwifery inaccessible for many expecting parents. Some families who have used midwives have been charged with child abuse or neglect due to the regulations. And even if you live in a state where midwives practice legally, there could be insurance obstacles that block your access to these services.
Growing up, I never thought of giving birth as something painful or inherently dangerous. I didn’t realize until later in life that my perspective on giving birth, and pregnancy in general, was a bit out of the ordinary.