Special delivery: proud new mothers in the world’s poorest country

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/nov/16/special-delivery-proud-new-mothers-malawi-simulemba-health-centre?CMP=share_btn_fb (click link above to see photos and the entire article) There’s no running water or electricity at the Simulemba health centre in Malawi – and patients have to walk for hours to get there. Photographer Jenny Lewis captures the smiles of women who have battled every obstacle to give birth. Rita Shaba with baby …

Not a hospital, not a home birth: The rise of the birth center

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/12/health/us-birth-centers-increase/index.html (click to read article on CNN.com) There are nearly 4 million births a year in the United States and 98% still arrive in hospitals, but the increase in birth centers run by midwives has obstetricians, health insurers and hospitals taking notice. The number of babies born annually in birth centers has jumped 56% since …