Noel Leithart attended her first birth as an assistant 20 years ago (in 1990) and was first a doula at a hospital birth in 1993.
Noel is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). She has attended over 250 births, either as assistant or primary midwife.
Noel and her husband have 10 children, 8 of whom were born under the care of midwives.
She believes that waterbirth is a very gentle way to bring a baby into the world. More than half of the women she serves deliver their babies under water. (For more information about waterbirth, check out waterbirth.org.)
BIRTH: Hospital vs. Home
Did you know that having your baby at home can be as safe as having your baby at the hospital, if not safer?
The British Medical Journal published a study in 2005 (click here to read), following 5,418 women who planned their births with Certified Professional Midwives. Their rate for c-sections was below 3.7 percent. The study found that …
“For women with low risk pregnancies in North America, giving birth at home bears similar risks of intrapartum and neonatal mortality as giving birth in hospital, but planned home births are associated with lower rates of medical interventions.”
Although the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends that C-sections should not go higher than 15%, more than a third of women in America have unnecessary interventions resulting in a c-section. For more information on c-sections, the accompanying risks, and how they can be prevented, see International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) website.