CHILDBIRTH: More Women Turning to Midwives
A government report released Thursday shows that while more pregnant women are employing modern birth techniques, such as inducing labor and using ultrasounds and fetal monitors, more are also turning to midwives. The report's findings included:
- the use of midwives increased from 3.7% in 1989 to 7% in 1997;
- midwifery practice varied from state to state, with less than 1% in MO to 20% in NM;
- the use of ultrasounds and electronic fetal monitoring increased 48%-64% and 68%-83% respectively between 1989 and 1997; and
- the number of induced labors doubled 9%-18% during this same period.