I write this post not because I think that all women should give birth at home, but because I feel that all women should have the legal RIGHT to give birth where they choose to do so. This, rather than being cornered into delivering at a hospital because the majority of culture think they should or because midwives are bullied into becoming more rarely available than they are even now.
You may think I'm crazy or even irresponsible (and believe me, I know that many of you do) for choosing to have our 4th in the comfort of our home. That's ok - dh, and I, and God worked all that out. :-) My issue now is not convincing you of my position, but rather just to educate you that there are those of us who NEED midwives to be available and who WANT the choice of how our littlest blessings are introduced to the world!
So with that little bit, I'll leave you with some info on an amazing midwife - Diane Goslin. She did not attend to Lincoln's birth, but I met her when she came to the aid of a friend who, without Diane, wouldn't have had a choice for her labor and delivery. She is a humble and godly women and has years of experience in helping women to deliver their babies. She has practiced midwifery in PA for 25 years and has attended over 5,000 births without any charge for negligence or endangerment. The medical board charged her last year with "practicing medicine without a license" and ordered her to "cease and desist" from attending births. She is a sweet, dear lady and a very experienced birth attendant who loves the Lord and loves helping mothers. I am thankful that last week her court ruling has been reversed so that she can continue to help the families that need her! My friends' family (as well as many, many more families) are thrilled with this ruling and they posted more about it here.
Hurray Diane! God bless you for your perseverance!
(For those curious, here is the Midwives Model of Care and The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth.)