4. Tension between Midwives and Physicians

Knowing about power tensions between doctors and nurses, I was interested to learn where midwives stood on that spectrum.

From what I’ve heard, midwives try to really stand for the pregnant women, but when there is a physician present, it is expected that the midwife “step down.” The midwife who spoke in my class told us about an instance when she decided not to cut the chord, as the additional blood is good for the baby, and handed the baby to the mother.

The physician spoke with the midwife immediately after about not dealing with this “professionally,” because she didn’t hand the baby over to the physician.

Midwives versus Physicians
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