• Nathan Riley, MD

Obgyno Wino Podcast Episode 42 - A Brief History of Midwifery w/ Rebecca Dekker, PhD

"The dissonance between women's talents and women's fate bears closer attention, as it reflects the evolution of institutions that lack the feminine voice. The absence of balance in these institutions has perpetrated a crisis that now extends alarmingly through all levels of health - from the health of cells, tissues, mind, and relationships, to the health of the environment upon which life itself is dependent." - Jeanne Achterberg in her book Woman as Healer

2017 Chardonnay from Montoya Vineyards


  • Babies Are Not Pizzas, by Rebecca Dekker, PhD

  • Rebecca's website, where you'll find all of her articles on the evidence supporting or refuting common birth practices as well as her podcast

  • Rebecca's Instagram and Twitter

  • Woman As Healer, by Jeanne Achterberg

  • A History of Midwifery in the United States: The Midwife Said Fear Not, textbook by Helen Varney

  • Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America 1750 to 1950, by Judith Walzer Leavitt

  • Make Room for Daddy: The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room, by Judith Walzer Leavitt

  • Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers, by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

  • Martin, J. A., Hamilton, B. E., Osterman, M. J. K., et al. (2018). Births: Final Data for 2017.

  • National Vital Statistics Reports, CDC. Vol 67, No. 8. Accessed at:

  • According to the American Midwifery Certification Board, as of August 2017, there were 11,826 CNMs, and 101 CMs:

  • In 2018, there were 43,000 full-time, board-certified OBGYN practitioners.

  • Sandall et al. (2016). Midwife-led continuity models versus other models of care for childbearing women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016;4:CD004667

  • Statewide midwifery care rates (2016-2017) found from the WONDER Database administered by the Centers for Disease Control.

  • Vedam et al. (2018). “Mapping integration of midwives across the United States: Impact on access, equity, and outcomes.” PLoS ONE 13(2).

  • Birthplace Maps mentioned on the podcast:

  • Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (2010). “Elements of Collaborative Practice.”Accessed at

  • Appleton, S., & Nacht, A. (2015). “Interdisciplinary education from a college of nursing and school of medicine.” J Midwifery Womens Health 60(6): 744-50.

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