Over the last decades, the midwifery community has been struggling to increase the number of mothers who choose midwives and out-of-hospital birth. It seems to all of us (and our clients) that physiologic birth is obviously a safer, greener, more fulfilling option. So why don’t people get it? Why don’t people understand? Why do they put up with a 30%+ cesarean rate? Why don’t they read the research and convert? Why, indeed….
Ruth Walsh is the mother of three grown sons and practices midwifery in rural West Virginia. She was the chair of the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) during the early years of development of the registry exam and the portfolio evaluation process (PEP). She an advocate of physiologic birth and continues to participate in NARM and advocate for entry level midwifery.