Upwardly-mobile moms may finally be catching on to the benefits of midwifery and homebirth, but low-income women are still firmly planted in the hospital, most often with medicalized births overseen by doctors.
A bill in the Washington state Senate seeks to shut down the only association providing liability insurance to professional midwives, putting midwives in this state out of business and denying women one more option for safe childbirth.
While pregnant women’s lack of access to basic medical facilities in India is entrenched, social attitudes around the accepted role of women as childbearers worsen maternal health in the country.
America is overspending and under-serving women and families. The problem is not access to care; it is the care itself.
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Maybe, if those who judge could sit in the exam room with the patients I meet, they would understand that, as a society, we must do all we can to avert unintended pregnancies.
Recent opposition from the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists frustrates efforts of midwifery advocates to ensure safe and available home births for pregnant women who want them.
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In response to recent criticism, the American Medical Association removes references to Ricki Lake in its newest resolution but continues its quest to outlaw home birth.
In an unmistakably insecure and aggressive move, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution at its annual meeting last weekend to introduce legislation outlawing home birth.