Despite spending $111 billion annually on maternity care, the United States is plagued by poor maternal and infant health outcomes, ranking thirty-third on the 2015 Mother’s Index—a global measure that evaluates the well-being of mothers and children by nation (Save the Children 2015).
In 1998, as a young girl of 18, I eagerly submitted my application to the Mercy in Action College of Midwifery. This was before the days of Google, when finding a midwifery school was not as simple as a quick keyword search on the internet.
In the land of Utopia, the statistics are impressive. Whatever the place of birth—hospital or home—most women can deliver babies and placentas thanks to the release of cocktails of love hormones alone.