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    Default The Secret Baby Catchers of Alabama

    Rebecca Grant
    December 19, 2018

    They work in hotel rooms, Airbnbs and secondhand RVs just over the state line, so that women can give birth on their own terms.

    All the lights were off in the used RV that night, and the blinds were closed to prevent anyone from seeing inside. Five people huddled in the small main room. Kate Petty, 34, lay on a bed that had been converted from a fold-down dinette table, underneath a large painting of a leopard. Her husband, Caleb, whose beard and long hair is the same auburn color as Kate’s, sat by her head and clutched her sweaty hand. She had been in labor for more than 24 hours and she was breathless, exhausted. The only light in the RV came from a flashlight held by a woman standing on Kate’s left. Another woman crouched between her splayed legs, hands outstretched. “Keep going, honey. You got it,” said the woman with the flashlight.
    Kate groaned. Her baby’s head emerged into the quivering circle of light.
    “Is he stuck?” she asked in fear.

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    Default Re: The Secret Baby Catchers of Alabama

    What an interesting news report about midwifing. And I always thought that the South (as well as other states) was known only, just for interstate moonshine bootleg smuggling. Who knew. Just like the right to be "pro-choice", free access to a midwife should be considered somewhat similar.
    http://cfmidwifery.org/states/
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    Not only do I fully agree, I insist that insurance cover the services of a midwife if that's the choice of the mother-to-be.
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    Default Re: The Secret Baby Catchers of Alabama

    The introduction of anesthesia in the late 1800s and "twilight sleep in 1914 had a huge influence on urban middle & upper-class women choosing doctors over midwives. By 1900, about half of all births were attended by docs. Midwives continued to service mostly women in rural areas and those too poor to afford a doctor. But, anesthesia was the game changer because more and more women preferred "pain-free" births. Read more about the history of midwifery here:
    https://midwiferytoday.com/web-artic...ica-time-line/

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