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Moments of truth are personal. They happen in different ways for everyone, and for different reasons. Have you ever wondered about the way other people approach their health and their care? Below, check out stories from real people like you about their experiences with the US health care system and with midwifery care. You can also share your own here.

A better birth...

I have had two children. The first birth was a nightmare. We are a military family, and my doctor relocated two days before I gave birth. My beautiful boy entered this world into a room full of strangers. I didn't even know the staff attending me. Furthermore, I had a terrible tear - the worst possible - and was used for suture practice(by three different people). Needless to say the outcome was horrible. Five years later I still have issues from this birth. My second birth was the exact opposite experience. It took me four years to become pregnant. Not because we couldn't, but because I was afraid of the process (yes, a process or experiment, not the joyful experience everyone hopes for). This time I had a midwife. Wow! What a difference! She was/is more than my health care provider. She has become my friend. She cared for me in a way I had never experienced in the medical field. She listened, I mean really listened, to what happened in my first birth. She also listened to personal issues that occurred throughout my pregnancy. She cared for me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I wish ALL healthcare professionals treated patients this way. In the end, my second birth was a joy. My midwife did not actually deliver my baby, but everyone on her team knew me and the issues I has with the first birth. This time, my baby was born into a room of love - and I didn't tear at all ( awesome midwives!). I hope that everyone can experience the special touch of a midwife. They truly are angels.

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