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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.

My Moment of Truth

My mother had shared my birth story with me. It involved ridicule, nausea and vomiting, being tied to a table, forceps, separation. She also shared me brother's story, which was even sadder. These were in 1963 and 1966. In 1986, when I was newly pregnant with my first born, a very good woman gave me a copy of "Our Bodies, Our Selves" and told me that if I wanted to avoid the experience my mother had, I had better do some research and make some different choices. I chose to have a certified nurse-midwife attend my birth with me at home. It was the single most empowering experience I have ever had and changed my life. My baby is 26 now, I have had 2 more home births, I am a nurse-midwife myself, and have helped hundreds of families to experience their own power in creating their own families.

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