Not too long ago, women didn’t go to the hospital to have their children delivered. In fact, it’s kind of staggering if we consider that human beings have been evolving for millions of years (if you subscribe to that point of view) and only in the last couple of hundred years have women been getting rushed to the hospital in order to give birth to their children. In the past, a woman received a midwife salary or at least some sort of stipend or high honor in the family for helping a woman through the difficult process of labor.
A lot of parents have begun to return to natural childbirth in the comfort of their own homes with the supervision of a midwife. Part of the reason this is becoming so popular probably has to do with a feeling of wholesale disenfranchisement on the part of lot Westerners. The industrial revolution has been wonderful for the progress of human life but has not been entirely free of collateral damage in the form of pollution, excessive reliance upon technology and a disconnect with nature. The two aren’t mutually exclusive and nature and progress can and should “work together”.
Midwives essentially oversee the birthing process sometimes from the very moment that a woman is found to be pregnant. There are a small number of male midwives but for the most part they’re women. Becoming a midwife isn’t exactly like becoming a realtor (click here to learn about THAT) but it does require an intimate knowledge of the childbirth process, breathing and being to comfort a woman who’s going through a lot of pain and psychological duress.
Because of this movement to return to nature, midwifery has actually begin to grow again as a profession in the West, although in Europe it’s been present to some degree even with the advent of Western medicine. Midwives, depending on how well educated and highly accredited they are, can actually earn pretty decent salaries, pick their own clients, charge their own rates and work with whomever they like! This is definitely not the profession for an ADHD sufferer (learn more about that here).
Medicine isn’t a thing to necessarily mistrust but it’s good to see that our society is experiencing a fundamental shift to reconnect with natural methods of childbirth, education, eating and more and a desire to listen to nature rather than reign her in – an altogether foolish and arrogant task.