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ABSTRACT

This article describes the experiences of 11 staff cnms practicing in an inner-city hospital serving low-income women. A history of the conflicts between the ob/gyn Department and the Midwifery Service at Boston City Hospital is presented, as well as an overview of events in 1987-88 that resulted in the unanimous resignation of the staff cnms and the closing of the service. Discussion of the issues is presented, as well as implications for midwifery practice.