THE MIDWIFERY SOLUTION TO CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN OBSTETRICS

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  • Karen A. Baldwin CNM, MS

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      Karen Baldwin, CNM, MS, Director of Midwifery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Medical Center, 1st Avenue at East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003.
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    • Karen Baldwin has been a practicing midwife in New York City for 20 years. She graduated from Columbia University's educational program in midwifery in 1978 and has been the director of the midwifery service at Beth Israel Medical Center for the past 9 years. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Nurse-Midwives as Region II representative and is currently a doctoral candidate in health education at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Karen Baldwin, CNM, MS, Director of Midwifery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Medical Center, 1st Avenue at East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003.

ABSTRACT

This article focuses on midwifery as one solution to many of the problems that confront contemporary American obstetrics. Documented evidence with historic perspective that supports the view that midwifery should become the mainstream in maternity care in the United States, not an alternative, is presented. The role differences and conflicts that tend to arise between doctors and midwives are discussed and collaboration between the two professional groups is suggested as yet another solution to the problem.

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