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Who’s Catching Your Baby?

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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The Myth of the Elective C-Section

When the media covers the rising rate of c-section, it’s often ready to lay the blame at the feet of a woman we’re come to know well over the last few years — the busy career mom scheduling her delivery between important business deals. But while some moms may be requesting surgical birth, research shows that has little to do with the overall increase in c-section rates nationwide.

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Fierce Debate Over Midwifery Licensure

Currently, Missouri midwives must have a nursing degree and work under a doctor’s supervision — otherwise, they are committing a felony. A Senate bill under consideration would expand women’s birthing options — but the Missouri State Medical Association is fighting back.

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Birth Options Essential to Reproductive Justice

The same oppressive cultural mechanisms that restrict women’s abilities to make decisions about when to have children also affect their decisions regarding where, how, and with whom to birth those children.

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Speaking Up About Postpartum Depression

What new mothers don’t know can hurt them. Postpartum depression can have a devastating effect but these women prove there can be a way out.

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For Labor Day, A Play Considers Childbirth

Diverse women tell their birth stories in playwright Karen Brody’s “Birth,” now playing in New York City.

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Despite Advances, Childbirth Isn’t Risk-Free

Childbirth is more dangerous than most Americans realize, but maternal health isn’t an issue in the 2008 election.

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For Healthy Mothers, Value Women

Why is improving maternal health the “most elusive” of the UN Millennium Goals? Perhaps because it requires us to talk about how much societies value women.

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What’s Natural About Childbirth?

States, not necessarily women, win when medical technology invades every aspect of pregnancy and childbirth.

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Home Delivery Video

The News & Observer features a terrific presentation from photojournalist Juli Leonard about a home birth with a local Midwife. Watch the video!

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