A SURVEY conducted among several pregnant mothers showed many prefer to deliver their babies in a hospital supervised by doctors.
City Hall clerk Siti Saodah Mohd Razi,28, said traditional midwives, especially in urban areas, were a rarity.
"I have not come across anyone having their baby delivery assisted by a midwife," she said.
Siti, who is four months pregnant, said her second child would be delivered at the Kajang Plaza Medical Centre, similar to the delivery of her now 3-year-old son.
"I find the idea of a home birth terrifying. I would rather have it in a place filled with professionals."
Private school teacher Lee Sock Ming also said she had never met a midwife.
Lee, pregnant with her second child, said the Chinese community preferred delivering babies in a hospital under the supervision of doctors.
World Literature post graduate student Shahmineee Selvakannu, 29, said she preferred her first delivery attended to by a doctor.
"I have nothing against midwives since I myself was brought into this world by one. All registered midwives are trained but, sometimes, the way they treat patients might differ based on their tolerance levels."
Shahminee, who is due next month, said she would be delivering her first child at Seremban Hospital.
However, housewife M. Rathika does not mind having her delivery handled by a midwife.
"I will resort to a midwife if there is not enough time to reach a hospital as my mother was a former midwife."
The 33-year-old from Slim River, Perak is expecting her first child, who is due this month.
Rathika said the government had provided ample facilities in hospitals nationwide and it was a much preferred place to deliver a baby.
Sales and marketing coordinator Hayati Muzaffar, 30, had a home delivery with only her husband present.
"It was my first delivery and I understand many think it would be very dangerous without any medical assistance."
Hayati, who practises hypnobirthing, stood by a natural childbirth process, enhanced by hypnosis techniques.
Hypnobirthing is a hands-off technique that does not allow any intervention and only involved the mother and unborn baby.