Hospitals Carry Their Own Risks Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, a certified professional midwife, is the president of the Midwives Alliance of North America. UPDATED FEBRUARY 24, 2015, 10:39 AM Welcoming a healthy baby into the arms of a healthy mother is the primary concern of this debate. But most families who choose home birth do so because […]

Fifth in a 5-part series American Obstetrics in 2006 ~ A fitting end to the previous century and its invention of  the ‘pre-emptive strike’ or “How Childbirth Went Industrial” Nineteenth century “Man-Midwifery” morphed into the “New Obstetrics” as a surgical specialty in early 20th century America. By the beginning of the 21st century, American obstetrics […]

Forth in a 5-part series Obstetricians promoting the “New Obstetrics” 1910 to 1923 ~ “If the profession would realize that parturition, viewed with modern eyes, is no longer a normal function, but that it has imposing pathologic dignity, the midwife would be impossible of mention.” [1915-C; DeLee, MD p.117] ~ “If obstetrics is ever to […]

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Third in a 5-part series Medical Education and the Campaign to Abolish Midwifery Only by being familiar with obstetrical science and education in the US in the early 1900’s can one reasonably evaluate the obstetricians’ campaign to eliminate the midwife. Obstetrical education in the early 1900s in United States was not primarily based on clinical training […]

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The 2nd of a 5-part series #2 Historical testimony on the safety of physiological management and benefits of midwifery ~ “The diagnostic ability of midwives is generally good and in the case of many, remarkable excellent. In this respect, the average midwife is fully the equal of the average physician.” [Van Blarcom, MD; 1913] ~ […]

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