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Midwifery / California #478585

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 29, 1974
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(Studio) Some feel old method of delivering baby best.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Santa Cruz, California) Midwife attends birth. California calls them illegal. "The Birth Center" is house staffed by midwives. They offer prenatal cnsling. [Mary OFFERMAN - says birth in hospital would be cold.] [Midwife Linda BENNETT - says we give close personal contact unlike doctors] She's been arrested. [BENNETT - says what she's done shouldn't be illegal.] [Midwife Carol BRENDSEL - says never deliver babies far from hospital, should there be an emergency.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins

(Sacramento, California) Law before legislature would permit properly trained midwives to be licensed. [California state senate Anthony BEILENSON - says well-trained midwife takes more care than doctor] [President medical examiners board Dr. Harold WILKINS calls it retrogressive step. It's not as safe.] Birth shown.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins

Chancellor, John;
Perkins, Jack

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