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Kansas midwives say they can be of assistance in rural areas


October 13, 2017

YODER, Kan. (AP) — Sarah and Jeff Mashaw were worried they wouldn't make it from their home in Pratt to their midwife in Yoder quickly enough for their fourth child's birth, but they wanted a natural, out-of-hospital experience.

With their first child, Sarah's labor progressed quickly. She was seeing a midwife in Arizona and had a doula, or non-medical birth assistant, who told her when it was time to leave home for the delivery. Even then, Sarah said, she felt the urge to push in the car. She worried that would be the case again.

"One of our biggest fears is that I'll go really quickly a...

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