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Houston Mothers-to-Be Have Many Choices, from Hospital to Home Births

While the vast majority of Houston women give birth in hospitals, some choose to have their child in a birthing center, or even at home. According to the CDC, the number of home births is rising, though still just over one in a hundred choose to have their children outside of a hospital. When a […]

While the vast majority of Houston women give birth in hospitals, some choose to have their child in a birthing center, or even at home. According to the CDC, the number of home births is rising, though still just over one in a hundred choose to have their children outside of a hospital.

When a woman does give birth at home or in a birthing center, midwives typically provide primary care. And not just during the birth itself. They oversee prenatal care, then assist with the birth, and check in on the health of the mother and child afterwards.

We learn about the practice of midwifery in Houston and the differences between in and out-of-hospital births.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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