Can I hire a midwife for birth only if I don’t want prenatal or postpartum care?

In short, no. Continuous prenatal care with the same midwife is a large part of what makes home birth safe. Through your many prenatal visits, your midwife will learn what is normal for you and your body. This helps her determine when things may be “off” during your labor or postpartum period. Without this very specific knowledge of what is normal for you, there is the potential for increased risk for you and your baby. It is an issue of safety for everyone involved.

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