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Certified nurse-midwives are nurses who have received special training in maternal and newborn care and normal birth obstetrics. Juliana van Olphen-Fehr became a CNM after her own experience giving birth in a hospital convinced her that there was a better way for women to have their babies. She writes of the excessive intervention she witnessed as a labour and delivery nurse in hospitals before she began attending home births as a certified nurse midwife.
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This is a beautiful book which accurately describes the situation in the United States today with regard to the practice of midwifery. Every statement in this book is scientifically accurate and medically valid... Women in the U.S. who are pregnant or want to be pregnant should read this book before they choose their maternity care provider... I can recommend this book without reservation to everyone. -- Marsden Wagner, MD, MSPH, Former Director of Women and Children's Health, World Health Organization This book is a must for all midwives ... and for all who want to reclaim the confidence and dignity that is the right of birthing women. -- Peggy O'Mara, Editor and Publisher, Mothering Magazine Juliana Fehr's book is as honest and courageous as she is. What a midwife! Every pregnant woman in America would do well to read it. -- Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, President, Midwives' Alliance of North America

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JULIANA VAN OLPHEN-FEHR is a certified nurse-midwife and coordinator of the nurse-midwifery graduate education program at Shenandoah College in Virginia.

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This book demonstrates great courage. It gives an accurate account of issues we face in modern-day birth....I was mesmerized by the power of Juliana's observations and insights....This fascinating book will inspire care providers and families to reclaim the power of birth simply by its honesty. - Midwifery Today Van Olphen-Fehr's many patient-care anecdotes, drawn from her midwifery practice (and replete with dialogue), are often absorbing, demonstrating how pregnant women can be counseled to take care of their physical and emotional needs during pregnancy and to participate actively during the birth process. - Publishers Weekly With the United States ranking among the top 25 nations in infant mortality, and with the lack of health insurance for many women, midwives offering patient-centered care to low-risk women are a necessary alternative. Van Olphen-Fehr's crusade is an important one. Recommended for all collections. - Library Journal

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