Midwife controversy

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Anchor - Scott McGee
Photojournalist - David Dycus

PADUCAH — When a woman learns she's pregnant she has a lot of decisions to make before the baby arrives.

However, there is a growing number of women who are making a decision for how the baby arrives, specifically choosing to give birth at home instead of at a hospital.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control shows home births jumped almost 30% from 2004 to 2009.

It also shows most of those home births (62 percent) were attended by midwives. The vast majority of those by what are called professional or lay-midwives (43 percent to 19 percent nurse midwives). The use of a professional midwife is illegal in 12 states, including two in the WPSD Local 6 area, Illinois and Kentucky.

A lot of women say the problem isn't the midwives. The problem is the law.

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