Providing insights into midwifery, a team of reputable contributors describe the development of nurse- and direct-entry midwifery in the United States, including the creation of two new direct-entry certifications, the Certified Midwife and the Certified Professional Midwife, and examine the history, purposes, complexities, and the political strife that has characterized the evolution of midwifery in America.
Including detailed case studies, the book looks at the efforts of direct-entry midwives to achieve legalization and licensure in seven states: New York, Florida, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, Colorado, and Massachusetts with varying degrees of success.
Robbie Davis-Floyd is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at University of Texas-Austin. She is a medical anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of reproduction and alternative health care, and she is the author of Birth as an American Rise of Passage and the editor of eight other books.
Christine Barbara Johnson is a sociologist who has been an advocate for midwifery for over twenty years. She has been adjunct professor at Boston University and Boston College teaching medical sociology. Christine sat on th board of Directors of Massachusetts Friends of Midwives for many years and has been an active participant on many committees supporting the midwifery model of care.
"The works is at its strongest when examining the impacts of having a fractionalized movement, exploring the tensions between a need for movement unity while also maintaining space for differences in midwifery philosophy and practice." -- Natasha Pinerics, Atlantis, 2008