When you’re pregnant it's difficult to focus on anything other than what’s going on with your body. And, in my experience, it's impossible to focus on what's going to happen to your body as you inch closer to your due date. Labor is an incredibly intense, life-altering experience, so of course us soon-to-be moms want to read all the books, talk to all our friends, and do all the research we can. But there are things midwives want pregnant women to know about labor that, I think, are extremely beneficial for all pregnant women to hear, regardless of whether or not they have a midwife, birth at home, birth at a hospital, have an OB-GYN, give birth vaginally, or have a C-section. After all, there's no such thing as being "too prepared" for childbirth.
While an OB-GYN can certainly explain the ins and outs of the labor and delivery process, in my experience midwives often have a deeper connection with their pregnant patients and childbirth. If you birth in a hospital chances are you will see your nurses far more than you will your OB-GYN, for example, while midwives usually spend way more one-on-one time with you as you go through the various stages of labor and delivery.
The practice of midwifery itself has also existed for a much longer time than obstetrics, and midwives tend to have a bit more time to answer your questions and ease your labor-related fears. Romper reached out to a few midwives who were willing to drop some knowledge about labor and delivery, so if you’re currently pregnant (or plan to be) it might be helpful to pick up what they're putting down.