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Women toppling the business monopoly on childbirth

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    What the general public and the media don’t understand, when they are asking doctors about midwives, is that doctors are the reason American women don’t have midwives.

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    This week, Kentucky families won a victory when a circu […]

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    A midwife from Iowa sent me a note after I published […]

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    Some moms don’t realize that doulas can’t say every little thing that’s on their minds, and they have professional standards that may preclude them from talking to you like you are a best friend.

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    What do you think about the role of doulas and their "place" in our system? Is it changing? Does it need to change?

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    "I've repeatedly written up a doctor for physically assaulting patients." (Read more)

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  • 07/10/15--20:57: Nebraska (Omaha) – Doula
  • "He then forcefully shoved her down onto the bed and inserted his fingers into her vagina yelling at her that he needed to do the check during a contraction." (Read more)

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    [2014] I am an RN.  I was laughed at by the OB dr [whil […]

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    [2013-2015]  I am a student midwife and doula. The abus […]

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    I am a birth doula in Alabama, and I had a client who d […]

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    What the general public and the media don’t understand, when they are asking doctors about midwives, is that doctors are the reason American women don’t have midwives.

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    This nurse's comment gives us a pretty accurate peephole into an operating system that tells traumatized women, over and over: "Stop talking."

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    Recently, a nurse left a lengthy comment on my website […]

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    "As if birthing a baby isn’t hard enough, I gave birth while engaged in a physical struggle against the people I trusted to care for us."

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    So much trauma could be prevented by simply listening to and respecting the women giving birth.

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    What the general public and the media don’t understand, when they are asking doctors about midwives, is that doctors are the reason American women don’t have midwives.

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    "While there may be some overlap in the services provided, ... it is a stretch to claim that traditional hospitals providing only hospital-based birthing environments offer services similar to an [alternative birth center]." - Judge J. Phillip Shepherd

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    A chokehold on the market by hospital-based facilities means that the majority of the population has access to only one type of care: a high-intervention, institutional model.

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    The stunningly inaccurate information about SB85 (a bil […]

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