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Mavis Chen reports that in China, midwives cannot attend a homebirth without fear of losing their licenses. She says China’s c-section rate is very high, some areas already having surpassed 50%, though it is beginning to come down in some of the public hospitals.

In hopes of improving birth in China, Mavis began a business in 2004 training doulas. Her business now provides over 40 birth doulas in more than 20 hospitals and over 500 postpartum doulas who spend 30–42 days living in the home of the new mother and baby. She also offers birth classes for new moms. She hopes to bring more international conferences to China to help bring about greater awareness of natural birth. Mavis speaks Mandarin and English.

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