As I went to write this morning, I decided I would share the latest and greatest in midwifery news with all you lovely people. For many, a holiday weekend is fast approaching, and for all of us (at least on this side of the equator) spring is finally here. It seemed a perfect time to write about something heartwarming or joyous like the story that was shared with me last fall about a midwife delivering a baby on an airplane. So I googled “midwife”, looked for news, and hoped for the best. While I did discover another baby recently delivered by midwives on an airplane (I guess they are serious when they say to be cautious about flying late in the third trimester!), I also saw this:
Oh, maaaan. As soon as I saw the headline, I sighed, took a deep breath, and clicked on the link. It was disheartening to learn that Indiana is losing not one, but two, birth centers with the closing of Expectations birth center in Muncie and Nurse Midwives of Indianapolis on May 1st. While the closings don’t appear to be the result of a midwife getting arrested for attending a birth or anything horrible and traumatic, the giant banner on the birth centers’ website announcing the sadness of the closing is very believable. This is a sad time for Barbara Bechtel, the staff of the birth centers, and the many families who benefited from the services of the centers.
Our hearts go out to you, and if any of you live in Indiana, we would love to hear from you and help in any way we can to expand access to midwives and birth choices in your area.