A paradigm shift in national health care is imminent. If traditional midwives want to be a part of it, argues Linda Lieberman in this provocative essay, they may have to be willing to temper their renegade spirits and make a few compromises.
Linda Lieberman practiced as a direct entry midwife in Oregon and Washington for 18 years before becoming a certified nurse-midwife and nurse practitioner. She is a skilled herbalist and year-round organic gardener who birthed all of her children at home. She maintains a holistic homebirth practice as a CNM in Ashland, Oregon, and has high hopes that improved access to homebirth will be addressed as a part of the Obama administration’s health care reform.