The State of Modern Midwifery


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About eight percent of US babies are born with the help of a midwife.



The second season of the BBC’s hit show Call the Midwife begins March 31. In this hour, we’ll talk to the show’s technical advisor about how she coaches the actresses through (pretend) childbirth, while maintaining historical accuracy. Then we’ll discuss the effects of regulation and non-regulation of midwifery in present-day Ohio. We’ll also hear about how New York State is unique in its treatment of the profession.


  • Terri Coates, midwife, technical advisor for BBC’s “Call the Midwife
  • Jaena Newman, Certified Nurse Midwife at Mount Carmel East
  • Pat Burkhardt, President of New York State Association of Licensed Midwives


Call the Midwife premieres March 31st on WOSU-TV. Visit the broadcast schedule page at WOSU.ORG or visit the show’s PBS site for more information.

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