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  1. Baby
    It's International Day of the Midwife, and worldwide, women are celebrating the wonderful presence midwives have in our birth stories. Here are five reasons midwives make life better! 1. Midwives can lead to better birth outcomes. A recent study, the first of its kind, showed that when...
  2. Pregnancy & Birth
    The National Health Services (NHS) in England recently released some alarming numbers, claiming one in five births have medical errors involved, and an estimated 64,000 a year harm mothers or their babies. In English hospitals, the NHS reports that approximately 400 maternity errors occur each...
  3. Other
    Anyone who has worked with a midwife will tell you that they are worth their weight in gold. A new analysis demonstrates that the presence of hospital midwives leads to less medical interventions. The United States does not have the best track record when it comes to safe birthing. Recent news...
  4. Pregnancy & Birth
    At Hospital St. Therese, in Haiti, there are over 2,000 deliveries a year. Although maternal death rates have gone down, mothers still die, often because they live in rural areas and arrive at the hospital too late. Midwives For Haiti is looking to change that. Among Haiti's heroes are the...
  5. Baby
    Results from the first global Midwives' Voices, Midwives' Realities survey show more organizations recognize the challenges of midwifery, and want to work to ensure these vital roles continue to help mothers and babies around the world. Midwives in many parts of the world say they face a myriad...
  6. Green Goods
    The Kentucky Home Birth Coalition has been working with state lawmakers to draft legislation to allow home birth midwifery in their state. I have many friends who have delivered their babies at home, and I have friends who have been forced by law to deliver their babies not at home, as they...
  7. British Columbia
    What is the etiquette for the initial 'shopping around' of midwives here in BC? I'm guessing the best thing to do is have an initial appointment, and then decide. But it's a bit tricky because of course initial appointments are scheduled at quite different times, especially with the winter...
  8. Indiana, Ohio, Michigan
    Hello ladies, I am looking for CNM recommendations in Akron. I will be trying for a VBAC and am leery of using the same OB who delivered my first child. She only delivers at McDonald in Cleveland, and I am undecided about Akron City vs. Akron General. I am leaning toward Akron City just...
  9. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
    Hi Everyone, This is my first post here and I will be a first time mother. I am very unsure of a lot of things and have continued to try and educate myself endlessly but I am still facing a lot of questions. I am really favoring a water birth and a midwife. But with googling i'm not having a...
  10. Missouri, Illinois, Iowa
    Missouri Midwives be prepared for HB804 because I will be there. http://dreahlouis.blogspot.com/2015/04/dreah-louis-talks-missouri-hb804.html
  11. Washington, Oregon, Idaho
    Hi all, I am 12 weeks with my first child and I want to switch care because the midwife practice I am with is too large and only does hospital births. I am looking for a midwife (or team of two) in the Seattle area that have access to or are part of a birth center. I am currently looking at...
  12. I'm Pregnant
    Hi all, I am 12 weeks with my first child and I want to switch care because the midwife practice I am with is too large and only does hospital births. I am looking for a midwife (or team of two) in the Seattle area that have access to or are part of a birth center. I am currently looking at In...
  13. I'm Pregnant
    I'm a first time mom, age 28, no complications in my pregnancy thus far. I'm hoping to have a natural birth in Vermont, and am in the processes of deciding where and with whom to give birth. I started prenatal care at Gifford, moved to CVMC because it was closer, but am not feeling comfortable...
  14. Birth Stories
    The Long-Awaited Birth of Merit Fred The Happy Tale of a Ridiculously Gradual Labor and Home Birth. My edd was "mid-December"(Dec 22 2013 at the LATEST.), as Christmas and New Years passed and we entered into the first week of 2014 I was convinced I would be pregnant forever. F.O.R.E.V.E.R...
  15. North and South Carolina and Tennessee
    Hi! I'm currently living in Brooklyn and will be moving to Asheville in December. I just started my 2nd trimester and thought I better start checking out my options in Asheville for a good midwife and/or ob/gyn that uses midwives. Please let me know who you have had a good experience with or...
  16. Florida, Georgia, Alabama
    Hey there, I am looking for some midwife recommendations in or near Atlanta. I live NW of Atlanta and would prefer something a little closer to Kennesaw/Marietta, but I am very leery of OB/GYN affiliates because I do not want the pressure from an OB (I read on their site they rotate the...
  17. North/South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming
    I am currently 10 weeks pregnant and hopeful for my first full term/healthy pregnancy. I want to let my body go through the process of labor as natural as possible. I've tried doing research to find available midwives and doulas in North Dakota (more specifically the Jamestown/Fargo) area and...
  18. Midwives
    <p>I am looking at this school as an option. Can anyone give me any insight into the program? Is it good? Do you feel you receive enough support? I know the Hearts & Hands coursework can be completed solo but what about the study group coursework? Can you complete that on your own before you...
  19. Indiana, Ohio, Michigan
    <p>Looking for a volunteer midwife or doula near Youngstown, Oh ..... I'll even consider a midwifery or doula student that may need hours to complete there program.  If not ill be having unassisted birth. I've had 3 csections, for NO REASON LITERALLY!!! I refuse to let these doctors ruin my...
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