24-Hour Access to OBs, Midwives Reduces C-Section Numbers

    In April 2011, a community hospital in Northern California changed the way it handled maternity patients. After the hospital policy change, the number of cesarean-section deliveries dropped. ... more »

    A Centered Pregnancy

    Group prenatal care. Sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? That’s what I initially thought. Little did I know the wonders of such a thing. ... more »

    My Feelings on Homebirth

    I very much believe in a woman’s right to choose where she gives birth. However, to me, it’s just not worth the small risk of a catastrophic complication occurring that could have been managed in the hospital setting but that is deadly at home without an operating room and full medical team. ... more »

    Former CPM Blows the Whistle on Illegal Practices at Out-of-hospital Births

    A former CPM, Leigh Fransen, has bravely stepped forward to blow the whistle on the illegal practices of homebirth midwives in the United States. ... more »

    How I Know CPMs Are Not Real Midwives

    I know that CPMs are not real midwives from reading the MANA Statement of Values and Ethics, by which NARM recommends they practice. I have copied portions of it below, with my emphasis. ... more »

    Make Home Birth Safer

    We are a citizen-led coalition of home birth families, midwives, doctors & advocates who have come together to work toward a better, safer homebirth system. ... more »

    Why I Can’t Support CPMs – Not a Single One

    “Just because there are a few bad CPMs out there doesn’t mean that all CPMs should be vilified,” is a statement I have often read/heard when getting into discussions about home birth midwifery. I wholly disagree with that statement. Here’s why." ... more »

    Maryland and North Carolina Consider Legalizing Dangerous Midwives

    The midwifery bills under consideration in Maryland and North Carolina would make it legal for direct-entry midwives to attend homebirths. ... more »

    Another Home VBAC Death

    I’ve recently learned of yet another baby dying during a home birth. This was a planned, midwife-attended home VBAC (also known as HBAC, home birth after cesarean). ... more »

    Homebirth Midwives and the Art of Letting Go

    Homebirth midwives “value the art of letting go.” Letting go of what, exactly? The lives of babies born at homebirths. ... more »

    If I'd Had a Home Birth

    I sometimes wonder what my feelings about home birth would be now if we would have gone through with our home birth plans. ... more »

    Safer Home Birth Requires Educated, Regulated Midwives

    Some out-of-hospital birth scenarios are higher risk than others, as is shown in the chart below. The Risk Ratio (RR) is calculated from neonatal mortality rates (NNM) with respect to hospital midwives (RR=1). ... more »

    Homebirth Hasn't Been Safe for a Long Time

    I am a mom and a physicist, and at one time I attempted to give birth at a birth center. But I wouldn’t make that choice again, because I’ve since learned about the risks to my baby. ... more »

    Our Home Birth Story

    A mother shares her home birth experience. ... more »

    Interview with the New York Times

    I think the film The Business of Being Born is a dangerous piece of propaganda full of misinformation; it adds to the heaping pile of nonsense that makes women feel bad about themselves for not giving birth a certain way. ... more »

    American Midwives, Part 3

    Doula Dani's last installment on midwife certification and types of midwives in the United States. Read here to find out all about the NARM certified midwife. ... more »

    American Midwives, Part 2

    As I wrote in my first post, the Ame ... more »

    Setting Makes Home Deliveries More Risky, Not Midwives

    Dr. Grunebaum advises patients invite a midwife into the hospital delivery room so a woman can have both the comfort of a familiar birthing companion and the necessary medical staff and equipment. ... more »

    8 “Most Interesting Things” We Learned About Making Babies in 2013

    On the agenda was the science of preconception, conception, pregnancy,and childbirth. From that agenda, these 8 'most interesting things' were identified about making babies in 2013. ... more »

    Computer Programmers Plan First 3D Virtual Birth Simulator

    Computer programmers from the University of East Anglia announced they are working to create the world's first 3D virtual birth simulator. ... more »

    Swedish Moms Enjoy Midwives, Very Little Medicine

    Having a baby is, basically, the same around the world but each nation's approach to prenatal and maternity care varies according to national policy. In Sweden, most mothers-to-be enjoy the services of midwives instead of doctors and nurses. ... more »

    Midwives Provide Equal Care to Hospitals

    The level of healthcare provided by certified nurse midwives may be better than or equal to the same care provided in a hospital setting, according to research published in the journal Health Services Research. ... more »

    Is Planned Home Birth Safe

    Several reliable studies published show that a planned home birth is unsafe for the newborn baby with an increased in neonatal injury and deaths. ... more »

    Doulas and Midwives

    Doulas and midwives are two choices a pregnant woman may choose to include as part of her birthing plan. ... more »