Men Delivering Babies: The End of a Two-Century Fad 

When I was pregnant for the first time, I insisted on a male obstetrician. I believed that men had better reflexes, performed better under pressure, and were more technically competent than women. I thought that for the same reason I used to think God made Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve, the same reason I thought… » 7/08/15 4:10pm 7/08/15 4:10pm

There's a Longstanding Midwife Shortage in Britain

The birthrate in Britain has grown more than 20% over the past 20 years, but the number of people becoming midwives has not grown along with it. At this point, England has a shortfall of about 4,800 midwives, and—according to one Telegraph columnist—if you go to the hospital to have your baby, there might not be… » 4/25/14 9:40am 4/25/14 9:40am

War-Torn Countries Need Midwives Even More Than Everyone Else

Women all over the world have been having healthy babies safely for hundreds of thousands of years in many different and extraordinary scenarios, but as technology has improved in countries like the United States, the sharp contrast between birthing conditions here and in developing nations has become even more… » 7/25/13 5:30pm 7/25/13 5:30pm

Today in Vaginas: All The Cool Chicks Have Midwives

OBGYNs are so three seasons ago. Midwives are the pregnant lady's "status symbol" of the moment — the birthing choice of models like Gisele Bündchen, Christy Turlington, and Karolina Kurkova. Who would've thought that midwifery would be so in vogue? When you hear "midwife" you don't think Birkin bag. You think… » 6/18/12 4:35pm 6/18/12 4:35pm

Manhattan Moms Extol Virtues Of Water Birthing

We've discussed at-home births, water births » 11/13/08 4:40pm 11/13/08 4:40pm and even birth of the variety, and I suspect those of you who thought those unconventional births were gross will be similarly repelled which follows some local ladies as they spawn in inflatable tubs in their apartments. It's graphic! Those of you who are into this sort…