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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Water Birth Option

We are proud to offer water as an option for both labor and birth at the Corpus Christi Birth Center. We have a lovely new water spa available at our center in a beautifully decorated and tranquil private room. You will be allowed to labor with soft lighting while letting the water soothe you. If you like, you can even listen to music of your choosing through our built-in stereo system which plays throughout the center. We have a selection…

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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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What happens if I fail only ONE of the three readings on my Oral Glucose Tolerance Test?

  If you fail one of the three glucose readings in your OGTT, you will be asked to keep a food log and monitor your blood sugar for the next week at home. Then you will return for a follow-up visit with your midwife after that week. She will evaluate how you are doing based on your food log and blood sugar log. If you have kept a good and accurate log and if there is no concern about your…

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How safe are birthing centers?

  The New England Journal of Medicine released a study in 1989 concluding that birth centers are as safe as hospital environments for delivering babies to low-risk mothers. Birth centers reduce many standard hospital interventions such as labor induction, electronic fetal monitoring, epidurals and routine IVs, so birth centers perform less than half the number of cesarean sections as traditional hospitals.

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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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