Investing in More Midwives Could Help Save Lives, UN Study Finds

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Midwives don't only deliver babies, they can deliver health services to women, as well, something that could affect newborn and maternal deaths worldwide, the Associated Press reports.
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United Nations study finds governments should support more resources for midwives.

Number of Home Births Increasing in the U.S.

A study found the number of home births shot up 20 percent between 2004 and 2008. Credit: Getty Images
More and more babies are being born at home for reasons ranging from the philosophical to the financial.
"Women may prefer a home...
Reasons for home births can be both philosophical and financial.

Orgasmic Childbirth?

Here's something you don't hear very often during childbirth: "Oooh, that feels so good!" Generally that is because the mother-to-be-is either unconscious, writhing in pain, or numb from the waist down. But according to a new documentary, childbirth ...

More New York Moms Choosing to Birth at Home

Wow. Here's a loaded topic! Want to have your baby at home? Home birth is a process that has been eschewed--well, OK, to use the word from a recent New York Times article on the subject, "condemned"--by the American College of Obstetricians and Gyne...

Women fight to take back natural childbirth

Is natural childbirth going the way of the dinosaur? Ask many new moms and a lot of doctors and midwives, and you may be surprised to find the answer is yes. Between increasing costs at hospitals, liability and the demand by insurance companies fo...

Mamaloo's amazing birth story

If you don't read Momcast, you might recall Susan Wagner writing about ParentDish reader and frequent commenter Mamaloo live-blogging her birth. On a slow day at the office, I decided to check back in and find out what happened. Lo and behold, a rive...

Mom gives birth alone in birthing center parking lot

When Monica Walters-Wolfe went in to labor, she followed the plan set out by her midwife, Coleen Goodwin. She phoned her and the two agreed to meet at The Baby Place birthing center in Meridian, Idaho. When Wolfe arrived just after midnight, nobody w...

Ricki Lake explores childbirth in The Business of Being Born

Actress Ricki Lake is the producer of a new documentary exploring childbirth in America. The Business of Being Born promises "shocking facts regarding the historical and current practices of the child birthing industry." The film shines a critical li...

Hospital bed collapses while woman gives birth

A British woman had quite the traumatic birth experience when the bed she was laboring on collapsed during birth. Hopefully, she wasn't a Scientologist because that definitely doesn't sound like a "silent birth." Just as he baby emerged, the third...

Midwife goes to jail after stillborn birth

A Wisconsin midwife has been sentenced to six months of jail plus probation due to a baby being born stillborn in a home birth. According to this article, Helen Dentice, who is 52, started working with a couple one month before the delivery of their...

Indiana midwife prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license

There's an interesting article in today's New York Times that tells the story of  Jennifer Williams, a midwife being prosecuted in Indiana for practicing medicine without a license. She faces up to 8 years in prison under that charge. The a...

New TV series on midwifery

Are you addicted to TLC's A Baby Story? Well, you haven't seen a show that celebrates childbirth like House of Babies, which airs on Discovery Health. The unscripted show, depicting births at a Florida birth center and midwifery school, celebrates na...


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