For those of you who responded to my earlier Midwives Deliver post, I wanted to back up some of what I said there. However, I want to make it very clear upfront, that I don’t post this stuff because I think using a midwife or having natural birth is the only right way to have…

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“Research published [in 2007] concluded that hospitals’ articulated reasons for closing or placing limits on their related midwifery services are not necessarily what is motivating such moves. Looking at two cases in which hospital-affiliated midwifery services had good outcomes, the researcher in this report conducted 52 detailed interviews with midwives, nurses, administrators, childbirth educators, policymakers…

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**UPDATED** in response to Susan’s comment. You’re right, this small study was conducted for a doctorate thesis, I believe. It in no way encompasses the size and scope of an “official” medical study. It was posted on my doula boards, and I found it interesting, and wanted to share it with my readers. I did…

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Source: Birth 2008; 35: 92-7 Examining the perinatal effects of doula support for nulliparousmiddle-income women accompanied by a male partner during labor and delivery. MedWire News: The continued presence of a doula during labor significantly reduces cesarean delivery rates and the need for epidural analgesia in middle- and upper-class US women accompanied by their male…

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