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In a small community hospital in the East Valley, a group of nurse-midwives is rocking the birth world. “When women are offered the evidence based midwifery model of care and appropriate collaborative practice, this is the face of hospital-based midwifery,” said Belinda Hodder, certified nurse-midwife of Valley Women for Women, a British-trained midwife (certified nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses, most with master’s degrees in nursing).
Authorities say a teenage girl could be facing criminal charges after allegedly giving birth and then leaving the newborn outside an east Mesa home.
This letter is in response to a letter you published on May 22, 2013 entitled “Government shouldn’t overreach in regulating midwives.” While I can sympathize with a need for support on an issue that will impact their lives, I do not feel it is fair to ask for support without providing all the facts regarding home births.
I am writing to discover if any of you will stand with practicing midwives of Arizona and the parents that use their services and oppose onerous restrictions on the practice of midwifery in Arizona.
Alison Haasch and Sally Stevens are on a mission to make childbirth as pleasant as possible. To further that aim, they've opened the first midwifery and birthing class office in Queen Creek.
Licensed midwife Alison Haasch, left, and apprentice Sally Stevens have opened Lifespring Midwifery in Queen Creek.
July 28, 2004
Tempe St. Luke's Hospital is closing its maternity unit Aug. 27, leaving the city without a place for mothers to deliver their babies.
When John Tittle’s wife, Sarah, told him she wanted to give birth to their first child at home, he was filled with doubts.