Several independent events in the 1920s would act together to lead to the rapid decline of the lay midwife. These included the application of increasingly stringent regulations to midwives by local health boards, the passage by Congress of restrictive immigration acts that limited the number of new midwives arriving in the country, and changing attitudes on the part of the upper-middle classes favoring smaller family size and increasing medical intervention in birth as a sign of progressive social attitudes....
The final two memoirs we review center around the life of Claudine Curry Smith, who is described in Memories of a Black Lay Midwife as "the last lay midwife to practice in the area of rural Virginia known as the Lower Northern Neck" (ii).
I use the phrase "lay midwife" to mean "midwife of the laity" or "of the people," to refer to midwives who began practising in Ontario in the late 1970s and early 1980s before legislation.
Because the knowledge base and experience of the lay midwife and the parturient women were quite similar, we often approached this care together as friends.
Lynne Himmelreich, RN, CNM, ARNP and Betty Lord Dinan, RN, INA Lobbyist role played a conversation between a nurse and a legislator on the lay midwife
* A rural Wisconsin lay midwife
was charged in connection with the death of an infant she delivered.
They engaged Yvonne Cryns, a lay midwife, to assist in the birth.
They desired a natural approach to childbirth and decided on a "water birth." The Verzis engaged the services of Yvonne Cryns, a lay midwife, who had them fill out a "Client Form." The Verzis believed in "natural health" and did not believe in prescriptions or over-the-counter medication.
Maggie Bennett, lay midwife
and President of the California Association of Midwives, in the video, Gentle Birth Choices, says, "Each woman that's alive today is the product of thirty million years of excellence in childbearing...
I have had two children at home and am 2-1/2 years into my own training as a lay midwife.
While Pitocin is used liberally in hospitals to speed up labor, a lay midwife will only use it if the woman's life is in danger.
The bills introduced support licensing lay midwifes
by apprenticeship and self study.