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Moments of truth are personal. They happen in different ways for everyone, and for different reasons. Have you ever wondered about the way other people approach their health and their care? Below, check out stories from real people like you about their experiences with the US health care system and with midwifery care. You can also share your own here.

Moment of Truth

My moment of truth occured in 1978 at age 18 when I worked with several certified nurse midwives at a Natural Childbirthing Center in Douglasville Georgia. I was taught that birth was normal and when left undisturbed one may even describe as beautiful. I learned that being WITH women in labor did not mean exams every three hours, it meant observing signs of the different stages. Latent: contractions ceased after water immersion. Active: sweat noted on upper lip and forehead. Transition: Uncontrollable shaking. Midwifery care was not synonomous with interventions; it was synonymous with being present......

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