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Are California’s For-Profit Hospitals Pushing C-Sections?

A study shows that expectant mothers in California may face more constrained choices in childbirth depending on whether they choose a non-profit or for-profit hospital.

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A Birth Space Revolution?

Midwives have always placed a great deal of importance on the physical space for childbirth, the personal relationships of those who attend the birth, and the metaphysics of the birth spaces to which women will consciously or unconsciously respond. A new book details, for providers, just how critical these elements are to an optimal birth experience – and how most birthing women currently don’t have these options.

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A Man’s Perspective on Midwifery and Gender

It’s National Midwifery Week! Today a male midwife asks how midwifery can guard against gender discrimination against male midwives while also honoring the rights of women who prefer female care providers.

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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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Failing African American Mothers and Babies

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month. It’s a good time to explore a woefully under-addressed topic: the shocking disparity between the maternal and infant mortality rates of Blacks and Whites. 

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What’s So Scary About Home Birth?

The "perils of home birth"? How about "the perils of mainstream media coverage of home birth"? The Today Show mangles its portrayal of midwifery and out-of-hospital birth as excellent maternity care options.

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