When I found out last August that I was expecting a baby I knew without a doubt that I wanted to receive my prenatal care from a midwife. I was shocked to find out that many women and their partners still think of midwives as "hippie medicine" and could not understand why I would not seek the care of an OB/GYN. Midwifery is a practice that is centuries old and even appears several times in the bible. In most other countries around the globe women are cared for throughout their pregnancy and beyond by a midwife. I was very pleased to discover that UNM hospital has one of the most progressive midwifery programs in the country. The midwives at UNM are amazing. They are very patient, kind, understanding and they really make you fee like they are focused on you and your baby. I couldn't be happier with the care I received and with the labor and delivery 7 weeks ago of my son. The postpartum care I have received has been equally empowering and although my original midwife Ellen has retired I have never been made to feel that I was "being passed off" to another provider. Bottom line ladies if you want a birth experience in which you control the shots and a care provider who is willing to listen and truly care about you and your family Midwives are the way to go. Thank you Alibi for bringing much deserved attention to these wonderful women and thank you UNM midwifery association for all you do for women and babies in the community. We are truly blessed!