In the US, more than 250,000 babies annually are now born under the watchful gaze of a midwife, rather than a traditional medical doctor, and the number is growing. A panel of experts joins Kojo to discuss how the childbirth experience differs when an expectant mom is accompanied by a midwife and why midwife services are now being sought by women across the economic and cultural spectrum.


  • Judith Pence Rooks Author of "Midwifery and Childbirth in America"
  • Ruth Lubic Director of The DC Developing Families Center
  • Mary Hammond Tooke Nurse-midwife at the Bethesda Birthing Center


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