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"All around the world there exists in every society a small group of girls who feel themselves strongly enticed to provide attention to other women during pregnancy and childbirth. Struggling to make use of this group of highly motivated individuals is regrettable and a sin against the principle of subsidiarity." Dr. Kloosterman, OB/GYN from Holland Chances are the terms such as "midwife" and "home birth" conjure up for you old-fashioned images of childbirth. These words may bring to mind scenes from old films, but you are unlikely to connect them with all the contemporary picture of childbirth. Do you know anyone who has had a midwife-assisted arrival or even a home birth? Can you consider you? The edition of childbirth that we're used to is propagated by movies and television. A girl, huge with child, is rushed to the hospital if her water breaks. She is ushered into a delivery room and her husband cried helplessly as nurses hook her up to IVs and tracks. The woman writhes in pain and needs relief from the painful contractions. Narcotic drugs are administered throughout her IV to dull the pain, or an epidural is inserted into the woman's spine so she cannot feel anything below her waist. After the baby is ready to be born, the doctor arrives dressed in surgical garb. The husband, nurses and physician become a cheerleading squad, advocating the girl to, "Drive!" Moments later, a pink, screaming newborn is raised up for the entire world to see. Variations on this theme include the cesarean section, in which the girl is wheeled to the operating area where her doctors remove the infant through an incision in her stomach. For a single woman, this vision of childbirth isn't the norm. Ana Rhodes is a midwife, and she's one of the only birth attendants accessible to...