As corporate profit motives and materialistic philosophy have taken over the business of being born in America, the best interests of mother and child are often marginalized. Some Christians are returning to the Biblical pattern of midwifery, which is a more moral, natural, health-conscious, and cost-effective alternative to hospital birthing.
In most of the world, midwifery is a commonly accepted practice, but it is rare in the United States, in part due to the efforts of the American Medical Association to marginalize competition in this billion-dollar industry. While America spends far more money on hospital births than anywhere else in the world, the results are poor, with the second highest infant mortality rate among developed countries. Concerns for liability and profitability prompt increasingly common medial interventions, with drugs to artificially hasten the process of birth, which can in turn lead to more crisis situations and Cesarean Section surgeries. The frequency of Cesarean Sections has risen drastically in recent decades to around 1 in 3, despite the fact that this major surgery carries a much higher risk to the life of the mother than natural birth.
The hospital is also used as a place of registration for godless government welfare programs, with a birth certificate and application for Social Security number being common. When the powers that be try to coerce women to do something contrary to the natural process that God has provided, it is time for Christian women to defiantly stand in favor of life, as did those brave midwives in ancient Egypt, "the midwives feared God, and did not as the King of Egypt commanded them". (Exodus 1:17)
A Natural Process
“My wife and I made a special effort to move from China to America in 1995 for the birth of our firstborn son. He was delivered in my parent's home, under the care of a trusted Christian midwife. This was a very enriching experience for all, and since then several other relatives have also chosen to give birth at home.” - Keith Humphrey
"My wife and I had all seven of our children at home, and two we had without the assistance of a midwife. One because the baby came before the midwife got there, and the other because we knew the midwife was going to be out of town around the time baby was supposed to come, so we decided to wing it." - James Niemela