It’s at least the second time in the past year that Time has covered homebirth and midwives–and in a positive light. Between this and the article in US Today re. the CDC report about homebirths being up 20% through 2008, homebirth has been getting some serious love from the mainstream media. And last week, Vermont passed legislation last week mandating that private insurers must cover homebirth.
All this attention and energy is bound to have a positive effect on the way homebirth is viewed in the US–and with this, most likely (and unfortunately) backlash from some groups in the medical community. We can always hope for the best! The more positive coverage the media presents on homebirth the harder it’s going to be for the opposition to dig into their bag of tricks.
When you’re done reading the Time article, go and get thee a copy of Ina May’s new book, Birth Matters, get turned on and find ways large and small to advocate for change around how we see and do birth in our culture.