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Childbirth Options

NOTE: This show originally aired May 6, 2014

  While the vast majority of women in the United States give birth to their babies in a hospital, home births are becoming more popular. In 2012 an estimated 35,000 births occurred in the home, accounting for 0.7% of total U. S. births. We discuss different birthing options, and the role of midwives during pregnancy and childbirth, with Certified Nurse Midwife Jackie Gruer, Dr. Kellie Flood-Shaffer, associate professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Director, OB/GYN Generalist Division, at University of Cincinnati Health, and Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, division chief of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospitals Medical Center in Cleveland and author of The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book.

To learn more about birthing options and to hear stories of pregnancy and childbirth across cultures and continents, check out Public Radio International’s in-depth series, The Ninth Month.

In 2005, Maryanne Zeleznik came to 91.7 WVXU from WNKU where she served as News and Public Affairs Director for 20 years. At WVXU she is responsible for all news and public affairs programming, hosts Morning Edition Monday through Friday, and fills in to host Cincinnati Edition. As time allows, she covers daily news, produces local features, and contributes news stories to National Public Radio.