What's Wrong with U.S. Maternity Care?

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Midwives have been an integral part of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum for centuries. However, beginning around 1900 in the United States, physicians were building their practices and pregnant women were a group already seeking care from midwives and, therefore, a logical place to start.   The change from midwife to physician ultimately placed birth in hospitals. Since the incorporation of more hospital births the language and care systems around childbirth have changed drastically, often painting care from midwives as outdated or unsafe. Patricia Burkhardt, a midwife and professor, believes the current system of maternal care centered around hospitals is not providing women with the care and support they need. Join us for a conversation on how to better understand what women need from the maternal care system and how to provide women with more choices for care and delivery outside of the hospital system. 

This event is virtual. 

ABOUT Patricia Burkhardt

Patricia Burkhardt, DrPH, MPH, is a midwife, nurse and professor with over 40 years of experience in the field. She has consulted globally for the American College of Nurse-Midwives, served as the Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Midwifery Program at New York University, the Director of Midwifery Services at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. She is the author of numerous publications and has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several large scale projects. She is past President of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) and an advocate for licensed midwives and women’s health needs. In this latter role she was appointed to the inaugural New York State Board of Midwifery.

 Event Date
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Start Time: 12:00pm EDT
End Time: 12:45pm EDT

Bloomberg School of Public Health

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