Doris Haire is the President of the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health. In addition, she is the Chair of the Committee on Health Law and Regulation of the National Women's Health Network. She also serves on the Advisory Board of JNM, representing Consumer Affairs.
IMPROVING THE OUTCOME OF PREGNANCY THROUGH INCREASED UTILIZATION OF MIDWIVES*
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1981 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 5–8, January-February 1981
How to Cite
Haire, D. (1981), IMPROVING THE OUTCOME OF PREGNANCY THROUGH INCREASED UTILIZATION OF MIDWIVES. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 26: 5–8. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(81)90200-7
This article was adapted from the author's testimony presented at a Public Hearing sponsored by the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Infant Mortality, Washington, D.C., February 14, 1980.
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
Current Research makes it obvious that aggressive management of human parturition is not, in general, in the best interests of the vast majority of mothers and babies. Practices such as enforced confinement of the mother to bed during labor, amniotomy, administration of drugs that depress the central nervous system of both the mother and her newborn infant, forceps extraction, etc., are potentially detrimental to both mother and infant. If the outcome of pregnancy is to be improved, the number of nurse-midwives must be increased and their services expanded. Efforts aimed at reducing infant mortality by concentrating on the expansion of neonatal intensive care units are secondary not primary.