The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo56° Breezy

Saturday

Hi77° Breezy

Saturday Night

Lo57° Partly Cloudy

Sunday

Hi76° Mostly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo57° Partly Cloudy

Labor Day

Hi79° Mostly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo57° Partly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi78° Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo54° Partly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi76° Mostly Sunny

Midwife-assisted births are on the rise

Send to Kindle
Print This

Midwives have become much more accepted over the past 20 years. Many hospitals, including Central Washington Hospital, have midwives on staff and homey birthing rooms where families can have more control over a birth with the help of a midwife or doctor.

Midwife assisted births increased from less than one-half of 1 percent of all Washington births in 1975 to nearly 11 percent in 2002, according to state birth records. Out-of-hospital births, however, are far fewer, accounting for only 2 percent of all births in the state, 1,588 in 2002. National percentages are lower yet.

View my optionsorSign in