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Lay midwives provide prenatal care and deliver babies outside of a
traditional medical setting, such as in a birthing center or home. They may be
affiliated with a doctor in case an emergency delivery occurs. But they are not
supervised by a doctor.
Lay midwife training consists of an apprenticeship with an
experienced midwife, workshops, and classes. Because a lay midwife does not
have professional medical training and is not licensed or certified, he or she
may have limited ability and technology for handling complications or sudden
emergencies. Experience, training, and medical backup for emergencies are
important things to consider when you are contracting the services of a lay
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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