Home Birth

GUESTS: INA MAY GASKIN President of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) DR. YVONNE THORNTON Director of The Perinatal Diagnostic Testing Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of N.J. Author,Primary Care for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist There was a time when giving birth at home meant you were either poor or had no access to a hospital. But today it is estimated there are nearly 25,000 residential births each year in America. Proponents of home birth say the medical establishment has turned childbirth into an unnatural process, too reliant on interventions involving drugs and surgery. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists counter that the hazards of labor and delivery are unpredictable and require a hospital setting. Join guest host Ray Suarez and guests for a look at the safety of home childbirth.



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