Rose Weitz is Director of Women's Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University. She received her PhD from Yale University, specializing in medical sociology. Her research on midwifery stems from an interest in the politicization of personal issues. This concern has in the past led her to study and to publish works on feminist consciousness raising groups and on the development of lesbian group consciousness.
LICENSED LAY MIDWIFERY IN ARIZONA
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1984 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 21–28, January-February 1984
How to Cite
Weitz, R. and Sullivan, D. A. (1984), LICENSED LAY MIDWIFERY IN ARIZONA. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 29: 21–28. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(84)90326-4
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
This paper provides information regarding Arizona's 27 licensed lay midwives. The midwives' backgrounds vary widely, from countercultural high school dropouts with no medical training to extremely conservative women with graduate degrees in nursing. Two served as midwife-in-charge at more than 100 births during 1981, while most were the primary caregivers for less than 50 women each.
While 20 have seriously considered becoming nurse-midwives, only five intend to do so. Competition makes acceptance into a nurse-midwifery program unlikely, and geographic distance would make attendance difficult or impossible. In addition, the midwives are committed to natural home birth as a normal process. Hence, some do not desire training in nursing, medically interventive techniques, or hospital birthing procedures. Finally, the midwives fear their current independence from medical hierarchies would decrease if they became nurse-midwives.