Virginia midwife Karen Carr was recently convicted of two felonies following the death of a baby she tried delivering. Carr’s story has rekindled debate over whether it’s better for a woman to use a doctor or midwife when giving birth. In NPR’s weekly segment about parenting, yesterday host Michel Martin spoke with Tell Me More contributors and moms Jolene Ivey and Leslie Morgan Steiner. Dr. Manuel Alvarez, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Dr. Randi Epstein, author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank repped the side of doctors and the value of hospitals and the contributing moms defended midwifery.
It was a very interesting and lively discussion for about 14 minutes. Take a LISTEN.