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Home Birth “Common Ground”?

In a less well-known but no less controversial effort to find “common ground” a Home Birth Consensus summit seeks to bridge a divide between those who support and those who oppose expanded access to homebirth.

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Illinois’ Home Birth Safety Act Awaits Passage

It’s the bill advocates are calling “the solution to the Illinois home birth maternity care crisis” and some have been waiting 30 years for its passage. But a strong and active state medical association is blocking the bill at every turn. Why?

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U.S. Home Births Rise And It’s Not Because of Ricki Lake

Home births rise in the United States deflating the current myth that women chose out-of-hospital birth for “frivolous, selfish, or trendy reasons.”

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Refusing to Provide Contraception to Women: Whose ‘Right’ Is it Anyway?

The American College of Nurse-Midwives blog, Midwife Connection, poses the question, “Should a pharmacist be able to refuse to fill a prescription?” in response to “pharmacy refusal” policies currently making their way through Washington state courts.

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To Induce or Not To Induce – Is That The Question?

A new study finds that induction of labor is on the rise in the United States but that evidence does not support the many reasons providers give for using various methods. What should pregnant and laboring women believe?

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Not In Our Name: Midwifery Turf Battle?

In health care reform, Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) are seeking federal recognition of their vocation. But will the leadership of the Certified Nurse Midwifery (CNM) advocacy organization be their main obstacle?

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