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September 8th, 2012, 01:36 PM
d_tops d_tops is offline
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I live in New England. I think it's pretty mixed here. There are a lot of people who come from all around to finish out high risk pregnancies in Boston, and I think that's a (necessarily) medicalized approach. On the other hand, smaller suburban hospitals are increasingly improving their on-site and affiliated birth centers to provide a more home-like atmosphere with tubs in every room, single sleep-in rooms for partners, water births, etc. Midwivery seems to be popular and well-respected in both types of settings, and there are a lot of doulas working around where I live.

The people I know personally in the area are very pro-intervention, though, so I'm still working on connecting to the crunchier bits of birth around here, but I know there's plenty of it to be found.

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