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American obstetrics is great at reacting to catastrophe—but less skilled at preventing it, writes Nathanael Johnson.

Legislation that would allow nurse-midwives to practice independently is mired in a dispute about whether hospitals should be allowed to hire them.

Times have changed, as has the scope of midwifery practice. Ten years ago, midwives delivered 3 percent of babies in the United States. Today, that number is up to 10 percent and is on the rise.

Cheryl Senter for The New York Times
July 3, 2013
Medical doctors deliver more than 85 percent of American babies, and the overwhelming majority of births in the United States take place in hospital labor and delivery wards. But in many European countries, midwives attend to most pregnancies, often in clinics, resulting in maternity charges that are a fraction of those in the United States
At a time when the United States is looking for ways to rein in its…

By Chunmei Li Director of Worldwide Corporate Contributions Johnson & Johnson The baby’s name was Michael. His mother, Proshe, was one of the “lucky” ones able to get to a clinic to give birth to her child. But at the moment of birth, at the split second when the room should have been filled … Continued

Be kind - lol! This is my seasonal thanks to all of the midwives who have been a positive influence and encouragement to me over the years. Thanks!

The feature-length documentary BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN AND THE FARM MIDWIVES tells the story of counterculture heroine Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other’s babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. With Ina May as their leader, the [...]

You are invited to meet the HealthEast Nurse-Midwives. Whether you are already a patient or looking for a new provider, this free event is for you! Partners, friends and family are welcome to attend. The event will be held from 7 to 8 pm on Tuesday, May [...]

What the general public and the media don’t understand, when they are asking doctors about midwives, is that doctors are the reason American women don’t have midwives.

The House voted overwhelmingly to extend the authority beyond physicians to other care providers.

RCM survey reports inadequate staffing levels, bullying, poor working conditions and fears of making ‘tragic mistakes’

Pregnant women in Kenya are often 100km from a health clinic, but now traditional birth attendants are using motorbikes to speed women to safety

There’s a new study from the Cochrane Collection about midwife-led care for pregnant women in the United Kingdom. Researchers looked at 13 different st ...

Laura Woffendin "couldn't believe it" when she found out her colleague delivered her 19 years ago.

Certified nurse midwives help you deliver your baby – and take care of your gynecological health needs afterwards.

By not allowing midwives to lawfully perform out-of-hospital births, advocates say, states like Alabama are not just hampering their ability to practice their profession. They are depriving expectant mothers who may not have easy access to obstetric care in a hospital of a safe and, for some, desirable method of delivery. Some critics, including doctors’ organizations, refute that home deliveries attended by midwives are indeed a safe alternative to hospital births.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives in the United States.