Virginia Howes writes about independent midwifery for Nursing in Practice

Pregnancy and birth used to be a family affair in the UK and the midwife was a familiar face in the community. The default place of birth was the home with hospital beds reserved for the complicated cases. The homebirth rate began to fall in the 1960s and 1970s and the domino system of birthing became common practice, with the GP and midwife caring for women in cottage style hospitals.

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