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As times change so does medical technology. The profession of midwifery is no exception, but they’re still doing things a little differently. Most women will have a baby, born into a modern hospital, by a doctor or midwife. How that baby is treated will stay virtually the same, but how the mother is treated and her aftercare will differ greatly. One controversial technique now being employed by midwives is the use of raw honey for postpartum perineum care. Midwives argue that raw honey has a great number of healing effects and they are all scientifically proven. Midwives also base their claims for honey’s potent healing effects on personal experience with its use on patients. For some of them they experienced its effect as new mothers themselves. Most modern Obstetrics Doctors will argue that there is no evidence of honey’s potential as a healing agent, and will prescribe Motrin and Tylenol trusted staples in the medical arsenal for the treatment of pain and inflammation. They will also advise using a Sitz Bath for effective cleansing of first-degree perianal tears. Both professions are in the same business, the birthing of babies and the immediate aftercare of the new mothers. So how do they differ so much in their treatment of postpartum mothers, and does using raw honey actually work?
The use of honey in medical treatment is as old as time. Midwives will point out that honey was used by Greek doctors for the treatment of sunburns and infected wounds. Its healing uses have been mentioned in the Bible, Quran, and Torah. Not only is honey used on first-degree perianal tears it’s so thick that it actually acts as a barrier between the wound and outside bacterial infection. Along with helping to keep a wound clean...

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