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Why did Blue Sheild fail to pay for a home birth?

The Illenbergers wanted to have a home birth.  To do this, they contracted with a Licensed Midwife.  The birth was successful and the mother and baby are happy and healthy.  But Blue Shield of California refused to pay for any of the cost.  The cost of hiring the LM was $4500.  WebMD reports that a […]

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Home Births: Feminists vs. OB/GYNs

Why aren’t physicians more supportive of home births and midwifery?  The answer is that it eats into their market share and reduces their income. “[In the 1970s] feminists argued that medical care needed to be demystified and women’s lives demedicalized.  They maintained that childbirth was not a disease and normal deliveries did not require hospitalization […]

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“The country’s dismal rates of vaginal birth after Caesarean”

From the N.Y. Times: The national Caesarean rate, 31.8 percent, has been rising steadily for the last 11 years and is fed by repeat patients. Critics say that doctors are performing too many Caesareans, needlessly exposing women and infants to surgical risks and running up several billion dollars a year in excess bills, precisely the […]

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Midwifery-Promoting Public Policies and Health Outcomes

Many health care policy researchers believe that non-physician clinicians, such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners and midwives can help to reduce cost while maintaining quality. Midwifery has gained in popularity over recent years. Groups such as the American Public Health Association, Public Citizen and the National Organization for Women all support increased access to midwifery […]

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