Opinion: Maternity care in the U.S. is in crisis. It’s time to call the midwife

Midwifery care cuts cost, improves outcomes, and increases patient satisfaction. Removing barriers to it could make pregnancy and childbirth safer in the U.S.

After pushing for several hours, my patient looks exhausted but happy, clutching her seconds-old newborn to her chest. As I help her put her baby to breast for the first time, she isn’t thinking about anything other than the tiny human blinking up at her.

As well she shouldn’t.

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