Idaho case shows midwife tension with hospitals

USA Today / Associated Press, May 2, 2012

Significantly more Idaho women have a midwife-assisted birth or home birth than the national average. About 3.2 percent of the 92,000 total births between 2008 and 2011 were midwife-assisted, either at birthing centers or home birth. The Baby Place in Meridian remains open, but its midwife owner, Coleen Goodwin, and her daughter, Jerusha Goodwin, are barred for now from practicing, in part over decisions allegedly influenced by their distrust and frayed relationships with doctors in hospitals. A former employee of The Baby Place told The Associated Press this antagonism caused them to make decisions against the best interests of mothers and babies—with tragic consequences.


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