Home Nurse income Is a midwife right for you? Las Vegas center offers alternative to natural childbirth

Is a midwife right for you? Las Vegas center offers alternative to natural childbirth

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Home births have increased by almost 20% during the pandemic. However, it is quite rare here. In the United States, 8% of births use a certified nurse midwife.

But interest in home births, according to the CDC, is growing.

In Las Vegas, there is only one independent birthing center. It was a longtime dream for April Clyde, who worked for years to get Serenity Birthing Center off the ground. But she firmly believed that there were women in Nevada who weren’t getting what they wanted at a traditional hospital.

“I found it fascinating because it wasn’t the norm for women not to want painkillers, the least number of interventions…I found these women interesting. And I found myself wanting take care of these women,” Clydé said.

According to its most recent statistics, the World Health Organization said there were 17 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births in the United States. That’s more than double that of most other high-income countries like the UK and Canada, countries where midwives attend around two-thirds of births.

Additionally, the rate of caesarean sections in the United States is 32%, significantly higher than what the WHO considers ideal at 10%.

Clyde said the best part of her job is to feel that the women she cares for get the help they need while being included in the decision-making process.

“When you see a family after they’ve had a birth that they feel like they’re a part of, that they feel like they’ve been empowered, that’s really what [keeps] I’m going.”