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Looking Back On 40 Years Of Midwifery

OPB | Broadcast: July 10, 2015

Dr. Carol Howe just retired from her career as both a practicing midwife and a pioneer in the field of nurse midwifery education.

Fatal Birth Defects Prevalent in Three Washington Counties

OPB | Broadcast: May 15, 2014

THURSDAY: Families and state officials are eager to find the source of a cluster of rare birth defects in three Central and Eastern Washington counties.

Caring For Babies Born Prematurely

OPB | Broadcast: May 1, 2014

THURSDAY: Premature births represent about 12 percent of all births in the U.S. We'll hear about one couple's experience with their son who was born five weeks early.

New Recommendations For Cesarean Section Births

OPB | Broadcast: April 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Cesarean sections make up about a third of all births in this country — the highest rate in decades. What was your C-section like?

The Choice To Birth Out-Of-Hospital

OPB | Broadcast: April 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Where did you choose to birth your child, and why?

Taking Your Placenta Home

OPB | Broadcast: April 30, 2013

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it legal for hospitals to release a woman's placenta after birth.


OPB | Broadcast: July 9, 2012

We take a look at the legal and emotional ramifications of having children through a surrogate mother.

Wrongful Birth

OPB | Broadcast: March 15, 2012

Parents of a child with Down syndrome won $2.9 million in a "wrongful birth" lawsuit last week.

Your Placenta

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 3, 2011

Our show on the licensing of midwives introduced us to the idea of lotus-style births. That's when the baby remains attached to the placenta for sometimes days after birth. It made us wonder: what did you do with your placenta?

Breast Milk Banking

OPB | Broadcast: June 16, 2011

Experts say that breast milk is best for babies. If a mother cannot provide breast milk, are there safe and comparable options?

Rebroadcast: Ethics of Egg Donation

OPB | Broadcast: May 30, 2011

We're bringing back this discussion about egg donation in celebration of the episode's recent Gracie Award win.

Midwifery Controversy

OPB | Broadcast: July 27, 2010

Should a woman be able to use a midwife for the delivery of a baby if she has previously had a caesarian or if she is delivering a twin or breech baby?

The Ethics of Egg Donation

OPB | Broadcast: June 3, 2010

What are the medical and ethical issues that arise when women donate their eggs?

Battling Over Birth?

OPB | Broadcast: May 7, 2009

Do tensions exist between midwives and doctors?