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Congrats, Maryland: You Can Now Have a Midwife Birth at Home

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For years, Maryland was one of just a handful states that made it illegal for midwives to help women give birth at home, unless they had a nursing degree. As of this week, that’s no longer the case

The United States is Terrible at Pregnancy

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Did you see the giant New York Times article about how the American health care system is really bad at handling pregnancy? It’s frustrating, to say the least. The average total price for a having baby is $30,000; make that $50,000 if you get a C-section. (Insurance typically pays only a little more than half of that, and 62 percent of women with non-employer insurance don’t have maternity coverage anyway.) Even more frustrating? The same level of care costs way less in nearly every other country. In Ireland, maternity care is free; in South Africa, giving birth costs less than a quarter what it does Stateside. Nonetheless, we have one of the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality among industrialized nations.

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