Friends of Midwives was organized in support of the
midwives in Alabama, who offer a traditional, safe, and cost-effective
childbirth option for Alabama families.
Friends of Midwives is a non-profit organization whose members
believe that pregnancy and birth are normal events. We approach
these events with respect for the right of families to choose
the circumstance of their births, respect for midwives as
the professionals most capable in attending normal births,
and respect for doctors as the professionals most qualified
to monitor difficult or surgical births. We support both independent
midwives and nurse-midwives in attending births in all settings:
home, birth center, and hospital.
Alabama counties have no providers of obsetrical care, and
no hospital available in which a woman may deliver her baby.
Midwives practicing in Alabama are offering care in both urban
and rural areas, and to all socioeconomic groups. The cost
of a midwife-assisted birth is significantly less than that
of a hospital birth, and numerous scientific studies have
shown midwifery and home birth to be at least as safe as physician
assisted hospital births for the vast majority of mothers
and babies. In addition, many families after careful study
prefer to use midwife care.
is essential that midwives be free to practice openly and
without harassment. It is also essential that the Alabama
community recognizes the benefits offered by midwifery care
and the services midwives offer to Alabama families.
fulfillment of our goals, the Alabama Friends of Midwives
are working to:
in midwifery advocacy on a state and national level
information to the public that will assist women in making
fully informed choices from among a freely available range
of attendants, methods and settings in childbirth
for high quality maternity care for all women regardless
of income, education and ethnicity
communication between midwifery and other health care professionals
the number of midwives in Alabama
families regarding their birth options
those who choose midwife assisted births
4 June, 2007