Proposal talk:Midwife

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How to tag a place where a woman CAN also give birth?

I think this proposal is still incomplete. In Germany there are places where all of the description for a midwife practice applies, but you can also give birth to children there. How would you tag such a place? If there is no other term and no explanation of the difference, the proposed tag will also be used for such places in lieu of a better term and the definition is off from the beginning (just like highway=path was never meant for unmade trails but is used for it)

I agree that the proposal seems to be very tight connected to a certain countryspecific situation and is not very suitable for similar situations that occur on a global level, but also in some European countries. Going to a hospital for giving birth must not be the only (legal) option. --Dieterdreist (talk) 16:11, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
OK, I removed this part of the description, so the feature can fit more cases.--Lapique (talk) 20:21, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

When using the word practice I immediately think not of a physical location or object but the profession itself, as in e.g. one's dental practice. Is the "practice" as you define it limited to a physical location only? Also, here in the U.S. we have special offices or sections in a hospital we call "birthing centers" where midwives work delivering babies and counseling women. In your view would healthcare=midwife accommodate such a place? AlaskaDave (talk) 15:21, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

Super-broad definition

This proposal says that "a midwife practice" is a definition itself. It is not and it can never be because in different countries this term applies to completely different people and services. First of all, OSM is an international project, therefore, only those entities which have some "common denominator" can be covered with a single tag. While midwife in one country is a witch doctor, in another country, it's only a nurse in a maternity hospital, and in yet another country it's a person, who is barely different from MD OB/GYN. In certain countries, midwives can work independently, in others - no. Provided medical services are also quite different, from basic exams to ones of small maternity hospital (except, probably, complex enteroscopy and pathology-related ones). At some places, women can give birth, at some - no. So, the common denominator for these variants does not exist. Probably, for many men, who are pretty far from special aspects of female health services and who are not medical professionals, "midwife practice" is something so abstract, that it's easy to think it is universal, which is completely wrong view on it. Again, there is Healthcare 2.0 proposal, allowing to describe any service in details instead of using the meaningless general tag. --BushmanK (talk) 00:12, 7 September 2016 (UTC)