Mo. court ruling leads to spike in home births using midwives

07/15/2013 | Missourinet

Five years after a Missouri Supreme Court decision supported the legality of midwives, the state Health Department says out-of-hospital births have increased 68%. The number of births attended by certified professional midwives has doubled over the past two years. Private insurers are working to cover these deliveries, though Medicaid will not pay for births outside of hospitals.

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