Coming Up: Midwifery And Birth Culture In The Carolinas

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Have you used a midwife or doula during your pregnancy and childbirth? Charlotte Talks wants to hear from you for an upcoming show!

Babies weren't always born in hospitals. Women routinely gave birth at home with the help of a midwife. Midwifery is a practice that goes back to ancient times, but some moms-to-be are giving it a second look and considering options outside the more modern route.

The use of midwives to assist in the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy and childbirth has become more mainstream in recent years, now some traditional OB/GYN practices have a midwife on staff. But challenges remain for the practice of midwifery and the laws regulating it can vary from state to state.

Charlotte Talks is examining evolving birth culture and the use of midwives and doulas in the Carolinas. We're looking for personal stories to share for an upcoming show.

Do you have experience using a midwife or doula during your pregnancy and childbirth? What influenced your decision? How was the overall experience? Share your story with us!

We want to hear your story in your voice. Leave us a voicemail by calling 980-224-0537 or send us a voice memo using your smartphone (see instructions below). You can also send us an email to charlottetalks@wfae.org.  If you're recording your story, start by telling us your name and try to keep the recording to under a minute. Send us your story by May 30. The show is scheduled to air on Thursday, June 1.

Tips for recording and sending a voice memo using your phone:

  1. Put your phone in airplane mode so no dings, pings, or calls go through as you record.
  2. Voice memos app on the iPhone
    The built in voice memo app on iPhones is often located in the "extras" folder.
  3. Open the voice memo app, hit the record button. Hold the phone to your ear like you're having a conversation with someone. Make sure to hold the phone still, remember your recording picks up on everything.
  4. When you're done, stop the recording. Hit DONE and name the voice memo "yourname Midwives" and hit save.
  5. Click on the file and attach it to an email. Email CharlotteTalks@wfae.org. In the subject put "yourname Midwives."