Midwifery in Massachusetts

10 December 2009 at 3:25 pm 1 comment

Check out Radio Boston tomorow for their segment on the state of midwifery in Massachusetts!

From their website:

Midwifery in Massachusetts
Posted by Mark Navin, Senior Producer, Friday, December 11th, 2009
Show broadcast date: 12/11/2009

Midwives say they can help women have better, more natural births, and in many cases, they encourage women to have their babies at home.  The medical establishment is solidly against home births, but have begun to support nurse midwives attending births in hospitals.  While some say this is a step in the right direction, others say that it just continues to perpetuate treating pregnant women like patients, and that leads to more invasive care than is necessary for most.  Now, new legislation on Beacon Hill seeks to establish training guidelines and a registry of midwives.  This week on Radio Boston, we’ll take a look at the midwife community in Massachusetts, and ask questions about whether our system of giving birth is really the right one for women and their babies.  Comment here now, and join us this Friday at 1.


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The babywearing video sensation! WBUR.org–nice piece on midwifery in MA!

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. mfom  |  10 December 2009 at 4:32 pm

    The key issues here have to do with preserving safe, optimal choices in childbirth for women and their families. There is no question from the medical literature on midwifery that well-trained midwives (CNMs, CMs, and CPMs) all do a remarkable job of achieving safe and satisfying outcomes for birthing women in the home, hospital, and/or free-standing birth center setting. Many MDs and others committed to evidence-based medicine have long recognized the benefits of the midwifery model, and Our Bodies Ourselves now has a statement about Choices in Childbirth signed by hundreds of such experts in the maternity care field (these individuals support expansion of access to midwifery care in all settings):

    Our Bodies Ourselves is also collaborating with Mass Friends of Midwives and others in the production of an 11-minute DVD designed to educate Massachusetts legislators about the benefits of the midwifery legislation under consideration in this session. It will be available at our website by mid-January 2010.

    After OBOS produced our latest book (“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth”) in March 2008, I had the unique opportunity to speak with hundreds of doctors, midwives, and community members in more than 50 cities across the country. It is exciting to see greater community activism trying to expand access to midwives in all settings. This will reduce the obscenely high cesarean section rate in this country, improve outcomes for both mothers and babies, and could also save millions of dollars now spent on inappropriate obstetrical interventions that actually worsen rather than improve outcomes.
    – Judy Norsigian, Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves


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