We had the good fortune of connecting with Gina Gerboth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gina, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Viable, safe options for birthing families are at the core of autonomy and informed choice. The maternity system in this country is set up to serve most people the same way. There is little room for exercising your personal preferences based on your value system. Home birth offers the standard of care while allowing families to birth as they wish–to have mobility in labor, to be undisturbed in the immediate postpartum period. When families feel like they are at the center of their decision making, they are empowered and prepared to take on the roll of parent with confidence. Outsourcing your decision making, as often happens in the mainstream obstetrical system, takes the power out of your own hands. Offering home birth midwifery services helps families get started on the right foot.
What should our readers know about your business?
I had a vision for a sustainable home birth practice, and began Metro Midwifery in 2019 after 9 years of solo practice. Midwives working together to provide the high level of personalized care that home birth midwifery offers is central to our practice vision. We have had to deal with myriad new challenges with COVID, but the pandemic has offered the world a glimpse of home birth as a safe and viable option at a time when people would rather avoid the hospital unless there is a medical need that arises.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We are so lucky to have so many places to visit outdoors, along with great outdoor dining opportunities now that we’ve had to adjust our activities due to COVID. We would have to put Red Rocks at the top of our favorite list, and can’t wait for the return of live music.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I teach at Midwives College of Utah, where we are committed to educating midwives of excellence.
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