History of Midwifery in America

by Beth Overton, © May 23, 1996 revised June 10, 1998 Midwifery is and has been practiced worldwide in all cultures and times. According to The Encyclopaedia Britannica, “The profession of midwife must be one of the oldest, being clearly recognized in the earliest books of the Old Testament and an accepted element in the social structure in ancient Greece and Rome.”1 How true. Biblical references to the practice of midwifery date back nearly four thousand years. It is mentioned…

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American Academy of Family Physicians Support VBAC

The following message is from the Grassroots Network News Grassroots Network Message 508022 Family Physicians VBAC recommendations   The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently published new recommendations regarding vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), which differ significantly from the current recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The full text of the AAFP policy document can be found at: Some of the most notable highlights are: “TOLAC [Trial of Labor After Caesarian] should not be…

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Is Home Birth Safe?

(Research Compiled by Larry G. Overton) Read the following statements and decide for yourself. “Most of American obstetric practice in hospitals is not based on science but on myth. What obstetricians do may be the utmost in high-tech, but it is not true science. What you don’t know about modern medicine can hurt you and your baby, perhaps permanently.” [David Stewart, PhD., in the foreword of Janet Tipton’s Is Homebirth for You? 6 Myths About Childbirth Exposed. Big Sandy, TX:…

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Midwife Shadowing Experience

© copyright April, 2008– used with permission Brandy Puskas is a nursing student who spent a day “shadowing” Beth during one of her prenatal days. This was an assignment for her Anatomy and Physiology class and this is the report she turned in. The client’s names have been changed to protect their privacy.   The following is a log of my afternoon spent with Beth Overton, CPM. The name of her practice is “Gentle Beginnings” and her office is located…

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