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The Atlantic: Women Turning to Midwives

The Atlantic comments midwives are making a comeback. Midwives can provide prenatal care and assistance during labor and delivery, encouraging easier childbirth in low-risk pregnancies when invasive medical procedures are not needed. Hospital based midwives often avoid attaching a fetal heart rate monitor all the time to a woman. It is known that continuous fetal …

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Home Birth Research: Only 5.2% Cesareans

This large and exciting study demonstrates that midwifery care with different types of midwives is an option for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies including women carrying their first child. Women need to understand the differences in types of midwives available to them and choose their birth attendant carefully. Home birth is safest when there is …

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New England Journal of Medicine: Ob for Home Birth

The New England Journal of Medicine interviewed American trained obstetrician Neel Shah. He discusses the findings that in the United Kingdom (U.K.) healthy women with low-risk pregnancies were safer giving birth in birth centers or at home under the care of a midwife than in a hospital under the supervision of an obstetrician.1 Obstetricians in …

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World Health Organization: Rein In Those Cesareans

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement about the high global rate of cesarean deliveries.1 Medically necessary C-sections can be exceedingly beneficial for the mother and baby and rates of 10%, but no more than 15% should be the goal. If the rate of C-sections is higher than 10% in populations with moderate …

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Mayo Clinic’s Midwives

 In the U.S., most births that involve midwives are in hospitals.1 A study in the U.K. has shown that low-risk births with midwives are safer than low-risk births by obstetricians in hospitals. British obstetricians in the U.K. frequently perform cesarean delivery, forceps delivery, and anesthesia injected into the spinal canal that could have been avoided. At …

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Harvard & the Nurse-Midwife Solution

Harvard Magazine states that an estimated 85% of pregnant women reach full term without complications in the U.S. which is an oft quoted statistic. This article is a thoughtful exploration of the “unnec-cesarean” issue and includes interviews with Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) on how midwives are part of the solution. Harvard notes 33% of babies in …

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Consumer Reports: 9 Procedures To Consider Avoiding

The Consumer Reports article entitled, “What to Reject When You Are Expecting”, acknowledges that “medical expediency often takes priority over the best outcomes and evidence-based treatments”. The U.S. birth assembly line is often influenced by convenience even when it is ethically questionable. Nine procedures are listed to be cautious about because they can interfere with …

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Consumer Reports: Choose Your Hospital Carefully!

The hospital in which you choose to have your baby has a greater impact on your chances of having a C-section, than do your age, your weight, and whether you have diabetes. How busy a hospital is and the location of the hospital can raise your risk of a C-section dramatically. By now you are …

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Consumer Reports: Question Obstetrical Procedures

  Expectant mothers and their families commonly do not understand the risks to themselves and their babies from routine interventions. Even the electronic fetal monitor that healthy women are often continuously attached to in labor leads to many unneeded surgical deliveries. Too many women are agreeing to have an induced labor, epidurals, episiotomy (vaginal incision), …

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