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WHO: Doctors Not Always No. 1 When It Comes to Care

Midwives, nurse practitioners can be as good, better

(Newser) - Not only do midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants do as good a job as doctors, they sometimes do better—and patients would agree, according to a World Health Organization bulletin. NBC News gives an example: When it comes to delivering babies, midwives use less drugs and perform fewer episiotomies... More »

Midwife Delivers Own Baby

I 'went into autopilot,' British mom says

(Newser) - When a British woman went into labor more than three weeks early there was no time to get to the closest hospital in Kent. But luckily enough, there was a midwife present: herself. The 28-year-old midwife, who had finished a 13-hour shift at a London hospital just a few hours... More »

Women Battle 'Birth Rape'

Uncaring, brutal exams can traumatize laboring moms

(Newser) - The mothers of the world are mad, and they're not going to take it anymore. A growing movement against "birth rape" is placing institutions on notice that women in labor oppose any vaginal intrusion by "fingers, hands, suction cups, forceps, needles and scissors" without consent, notes the Sydney ... More »

Cash-Squeezed Bereaved Hold Funerals at Home

Home funerals can save thousands in tough times

(Newser) - Amid the recession, many who’ve lost loved ones are turning to less expensive in-home funerals, the Los Angeles Times reports, and it's creating a booming business for “death midwives,” consultants versed in preparing bodies and completing paperwork for such services. Once, such midwives were in demand for... More »

Stay-At-Home Mom, Indeed

Home-birthing 'strange and magical,' but trade-offs hurt—like Mo. law against midwives

(Newser) - Home-birthing isn’t only strange and magical—it requires some covert-operation skills, Madeline Holler writes in Babble. After finding she preferred an attending midwife in the birth of her first child, Holler found using one for her second to be illegal in Missouri, where she'd moved. As such, she found,... More »

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