The labor and delivery process is miraculous - and dangerous. Although many families give birth to healthy infants, others may experience complications that lead to injury. Medical advances have reduced the risk of these complications. However, in some cases these advances can be the reason for the injury.
In our previous post, we mentioned that there is a bill in the Kentucky Senate that would establish a state board to oversee non-nurse midwives who have the credential of Certified Nurse Midwife. The aim would be to establish some sort of regulatory framework to ensure quality of care by these providers, and which would allow the state to hold them accountable when they fail to abide by established standards.
Childbirth is a very personal experience, and different people have different preferences in terms of comfort and trust in the process. For most women, delivery in a hospital setting is the most comfortable option, given that experienced medical professionals will be present to aide in the process and address any complications. For other women, home birth is a preferable option.