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Last week, Utah press reported that grandmother midwife Vickie Sorensen had been jailed and charged with manslaughter for a stillbirth or neonatal death that occurred in December 2012. The press reported that Vickie's home had been raided by armed police with cadaver dogs the year before, on an allegation that she was burying dead babies in her backyard. The press failed to mention that there were no dead babies in the backyard, and it failed to comment on the affect such a raid had on the Sorensen family, and the Utah midwifery community in general.
TODAY Gena will interview Human Rights in Childbirth founder Hermine Hayes-Klein and midwifery activist Katie McCall about the legal treatment of home birth midwives like Sorensen. How does the treatment of home birth midwives affect women's right to choose for home birth? What are the human rights implications of the difference between what doctors face after a bad maternity care outcome, and what midwives face?
Thank you for joining us today as we launch our show discussing this amazing movement. Please join us as we tap into the behind the scenes for Empowered Birth Awareness Week with Barbara Rivera.
Conventional hospital births often provide a stagnant experience for a mother. Although extraordinarily popular in most other countries, births either at home or at a birthing center using the services of a midwife and doula are gaining popularity here in the United States for a number of reasons. The cost for pre-natal care and birth is dramatically less expensive than care rendered by a OB and delivery at a hospital, and the outcomes for baby tend to be more favorable in a natural setting instead of one that promotes the use of medications. In this episode of ABCS of Surrogacy, we are pleased to welcome birth doula Renea Capozzi Cotto and midwife Jennifer Stewart, who will both be discussing the option of giving birth at home or at a birth center. Both are practitioners who work in their respective fields in southern California, and each has expertise with preparing mothers to be for a natural delivery either at home or at a birth center. Don't miss this candid discussion on birthing at home or birth center, including the nitty gritty of what it takes to successfully use this option.
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