Latest Midwives Stories

2009-05-06 06:14:26

New data released at a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies suggests that newborns face a higher risk of death when delivered at home attended by a certified nurse midwife than when born in hospitals with a certified nurse midwife in attendance. "Currently, the only Western country with a substantial number of home births is the Netherlands, where 30 percent of births are in the home," a Reuters report quoted Dr. Michael H. Malloy of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston...

2008-06-30 12:02:23

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH Ina May Gaskin - the woman widely described as the "most famous" and "most authentic" midwife in the world - never even took a formal midwifery course. Nevertheless, obstetricians, who in most of the developed world prefer to deliver all babies themselves, have given her the ultimate honor - naming an obstetric procedure that literally saves life and limb after this unusual woman. Observing how uneducated, poor women deliver babies under primitive...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'