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Local women turning to midwives to help with childbirth

It's an old practice making a comeback. The use of midwives to help in childbirth dates back to biblical days. But then, midwives became a dying breed. Until now. KPLC's Laila Morcos tells us more and more families are opting to have a midwife with them on their entire journey, all the way until childbirth.  

The sound of a baby's heartbeat can spark excitement and anticipation. But as beautiful as that sound my be, it's a precursor to what can be one for the most painful, scary experiences a woman can have. "It's very frightening," says Karen Wild.   That's why she's decided to take a different route delivering her sixth child. She decided to get a midwife to help. "It's such a calmer experience. You know what's going on step by step."

"There were midwifes in biblical times and as long as there have been women birthing children, there has been a woman to help her," says Bonnie Leger.  She's a modern-day midwife, so to speak. "I got my bachelors degree in nursing and I got my masters in nursing with a focus on midwifery."

The days of delivering babies solely at home are gone. Bonnie works directly with physicians and she's there every step of the way, focusing on a more natural process of childbirth. "I tell the nurses, before they use the first pain medicine that I'm their first pain medicine. That they don't call for medication because I will help them get through that period."  Karen says, "I was able to get up and walk around. It was unbelievably different."

Although midwifery promotes a more natural way of childbirth, not all patients go without an epidural. "They don't want to feel their first contraction, they want to be induced when they want to and they want to have their baby like anybody else does."

So whatever method you chose to deliver that little bundle, Bonnie can be there, making the experience as peaceful as possible.

For more information on midwifery, call OBG-1 in Lake Charles at 312-1000.

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