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I've wanted someone as influential as Oprah to tackle this topic for years. I guess she finally listened. A fairly good article on the politics of birthing on Oprah's website.<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">With Caesarean section surgeries occurring in nearly one in three pregnancies and traditional hospital births by obstetricians costing an average of $8,000 to $10,000, some pregnant women are exploring other options. And the future of childbirth in America might start looking more like the past.</td>
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<a href="http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Midwives-Doulas-and-Alternative-Birth-Options" target="_blank">http://www.oprah.com/relationships/M...-Birth-Options</a><br>
(A side note, Doulas have not been around for thousands of years, but still.)
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>Belle</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/15370997"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I've wanted someone as influential as Oprah to tackle this topic for years. I guess she finally listened. A fairly good article on the politics of birthing on Oprah's website.<br><br><a href="http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Midwives-Doulas-and-Alternative-Birth-Options" target="_blank">http://www.oprah.com/relationships/M...-Birth-Options</a><br>
(<b>A side note, Doulas have not been around for thousands of years, but still.</b>)</div>
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I don't know if that's true. It's part of the Jewish tradition to have a doula due to family purity laws that prevent husbands from being a part of the birthing process. I believe its even mentioned in our texts from at least two thousand years ago that women used female birth attendants to support them during labor.
 

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Wow, that was remarkably well done. It was a little simplified, but I think that's good for an article that is aimed at a mainstream audience that may be new to the topic. Props for that one. I hope it reaches a new group of women and shows them that they do have options.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't know if that's true. It's part of the Jewish tradition to have a doula due to family purity laws that prevent husbands from being a part of the birthing process. I believe its even mentioned in our texts from at least two thousand years ago that women used female birth attendants to support them during labor.</div>
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I stand corrected.
 

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Excellent article.<br><br>
but yeah, I also agree, as long as women have been birthing babies, other women have been there to support them through it. Title of 'doula' or not.
 
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