Medical-Model Labor Management Fails Head-to-Head Comparison with Physiologic Care

The winter issue of Birth includes a study that provides proof positive that physiologic care is superior to medical management. The study reports the results of Strong Start, a program providing [...]


Why Are Cesarean Rates Are So High? Perspectives from the Trenches

A study in the most recent issue of Birth provides eye-opening illumination on non-medical reasons for high cesarean rates (Kennedy 2016). Investigators at Yale’s med-school affiliated hospital [...]


ACOG Issues New Committee Opinion on Home Birth: Some Things Old, Some Things New

The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) has published a revised and updated Committee Opinion on “Planned Home Birth.” If you read the media reports on it, you would [...]


Dr. Amy Blames Childbirth Woes on Natural Birth Cabal in WASHINGTON POST Commentary

Amy Tuteur has managed to score a commentary in the Washington Post entitled “How the natural birth industry sets mothers up for guilt and shame.” You would think that the inflammatory rhetoric [...]


Everything Older Women Want to Know about Pregnancy & Birth

Science & Sensibility interviews Rebecca Dekker about her new “Evidence Based Birth” post on the issues of pregnancy and birth in women aged 35 or more. The interview provides an overview of [...]


Midwifery Model Care Improves Maternal-Child Outcomes in Low-Income Women

Healio points us to a report from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) on the results of Strong Start, a package of strategies to improve maternal-child health in low-income [...]


Access to Independent Midwives Is Associated with Lower Cesarean Rates and Improved Outcomes

EurekAlert reports on a study finding that states allowing autonomous certified nurse-midwifery (CNM) practice (no requirement for practice agreements or physician supervision) had more midwives [...]


New Study Finds Women Are Safe at Home

The Toronto Star reports on a large study comparing outcomes between 11,493 low-risk Canadian women planning home birth at the onset of labor and a random sample of 11,493 equally low-risk women [...]


Midwifery Care Saves Money—And That’s the Problem

And while we’re on a roll on the economics of childbirth, in a Boston Globe article, Gene Declercq explains why midwives aren’t the 1st-line care providers for low-risk women in the [...]


New Documentary on Hospital-Based Midwifery: The Mama Sherpas

Inspired by her VBAC with a hospital-based midwife, the documentary filmmaker behind The Mama Sherpas states, “I am proud and privileged to have told the stories of the mamas and care [...]

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