And slowly the morning comes as I squat on the floor in the hospital bathroom, massaging the back of woman hard at work in labor. Or maybe it came earlier, when I was ordering pitocin and antibiotics for a very sick baby inside a very sick mom. Or maybe it was around the time that I sat on the edge of the gurney with my patient and explained to her exactly how birth works, and why it wasn't yet time for her to be admitted. All day long and all night long I have sweat and cried and rushed and fretted - is this the right decision? How can I best support this person having the birth experience that they want and need? How will she remember me, my tone of voice, the force of my fingers?
🔹 How can anyone say that midwives are not needed here? How can any administrator look at the work we do and shrug their shoulders? We decrease c-section rates, improve infection rates, teach residents, save babies. We are always here, and when the attending is asleep I'm here to answer questions, give recommendations. Midwives are integral to the New York City hospital system, and they are harming themselves, their reputation, and their patient safety by pushing us out.
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