The State of Modern Midwifery


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



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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  • Homebirth mama

    I would like to thank you for doing this show! I feel the story told by the OB/Gyn showed how needed care from skilled midwives truly is in the home. I would love to see you talk about CPM’s and home birth on an upcoming show. You can find more information on this website.