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NPR: Causes of the World’s Cesarean Epidemic

Cesarean rates are rising around the world but there are also countries where more surgical births are critically needed. This miraculous surgery has saved many lives but the current epidemic is increasing dangers for mothers and their babies. On NPR’s Science Friday, a female obstetrician (OB) from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center courageously lays …

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Marina’s Triumphant Birth

 Why don’t we have more births like Marina’s in U.S. hospitals?  My focus is helping women have the most optimal birth experiences possible, whether they are carrying a healthy or high- risk pregnancy, and whether the birth is happening in a huge medical center, a birth center or in their home. Newborns clearly can have gentle …

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Find a Midwife!

Find a Nurse-Midwife This Nurse-Midwife locator will help you find practices with one or more American College of Nurse-Midwife members which can be Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) or Certified Midwives (CMs). CMs are formally educated midwives but are not nurses. CNMs can practice legally in all 50 states but it unfortunate that physician organizations commonly influence …

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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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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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Birth Defect: History of American Birth

The Midwifery Era High Touch, Low Tech Since time immemorial, women have traditionally given birth surrounded by trusted females and overseen by a midwife-healer-herbalist. Amazingly, we can date colonial birth history back to 1587 when Virginia Dare, the first American-born child of English parents was born. Fortunately, birth in America was safer than in England …

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