According to the international definition, a midwife is one who graduates from a program duly recognized in its jurisdiction. In the developing world, this generally means a two-year government training program.
The experimental use of misoprostol (Cytotec) to induce labor is putting an increasing number of pregnant women at risk without their knowledge or consent. Cytotec, a cheap prescription drug for ulcers, is not FDA approved for labor induction and has been linked to uterine rupture and fetal tachycardia.
The empirical midwife movement in the United States is one of those few islands where technology, money and brainwashing haven’t taken over common sense, evidence, and woman centeredness.
The orthodoxy of today’s technological birth procedures is built on false foundations masquerading in the name of science, but whose master is often fear of malpractice.