With COVID-19 hitting hospitals hard, home births are on the rise

Nov 20, 2020
One reason some mothers choose at-home birth is they don’t feel they will be heard or taken care of in a hospital setting.
Home births were the norm at the turn of the previous century, and so were midwives, said historian and nurse midwife Michelle Drew.
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The one-child policy is history, but rules in China still restrict families

Oct 13, 2020
Some Chinese couples aren't interested in having more than one child, while unmarried woman aren't allowed to have children at all.
Zhuang Mengyi left a good job in Beijing to raise her son in the cheaper countryside.
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How specialist agencies help Chinese mothers give birth in the U.S.

Mar 7, 2019
Expectant parents pay them tens of thousands of dollars to arrange every aspect of their trip.
The 2013 movie "Finding Mr Right" is a romantic comedy focused on Wen Jiajia, an unmarried pregnant woman from Beijing who flees to Seattle to give birth. It raised awareness of the trend of Chinese women having American babies.
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Inside the economics of the delivery room

May 26, 2014
New guidelines for doctors urge fewer C-sections and more natural births.

Over half of U.S. babies born last year were non-white

May 17, 2012
In a development that is changing society as well as marketing, the Census Bureau says that for the first time, most babies born in the U.S. were not white. That's babies born last year. The general population is not expected to become mostly "minority" for about another 33 years.

The birth of a new career

Dec 23, 2011
New programs help low-income women train to become doulas and birthing assistants.

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