Medicine: Patient Midwives

Twenty years of inspecting Philadelphia midwives have not staled Dr. William R. Nicholson's appreciation of their professional proficiency. On the other hand the same years have increased his displeasure with obstetricians who cannot keep women from dying in childbed. Philadelphia midwives delivered 95,151 women in the past 20 years and lost only 74, Dr. Nicholson told the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia last week. During the past three years local obstetricians delivered 99,581 women, lost 717.

Philadelphia midwives are forbidden to use instruments to deliver babies. They must call a doctor when labor is...

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