When I practised midwifery....good few years ago, well, seven this year,(now NICU Midwife) we had a lot of old school midwives. These women had soo much experience, if you had a retained placenta, and if they were around..you called for them, and it was out! NO extreme force, NO extreme pain to the mother..how did they do it? Years and years of experience, nowadays, the majority of them are gone, we are in a culture of university trained midwives. It's not always a bad thing, but, the women with the hands on gained knowledge have gone. My childbearing days are gone, but my daughters are nearly 20 & 18, so one day it will be their turn in the labour room. I know that I would rather have someone take care of them who could provide total and safe care, rather than write a good essay. BTW...I AM a university trained midwife, I am in NO way disrespecting anyones skills, but rather, lamenting on the loss these older skilled midwives.
OK, just my tuppence worth guys!