Super Secret Outlaw Women (and We’re Not Talking Marijuana)
Some local women are choosing to give birth using unlicensed midwives and a well-written article in Narratively (tagline: Human stories boldly told) explores the world of these daring doulas. The article asks, “When the contractions come and you’ve got a two-hour mountain drive to the hospital, who are you going to call?” Then, the piece introduces the reader to several women who are there to usher backwoods babies into the world.
The story starts,
“There are renegades delivering babies in the woods,” Aria says, in a tone both ironic and mischievous. She is a doula living in Hayfork, California, a community of about 2,500 located in the rugged mountains of Trinity County.
Read the rest of this notable piece and see the lush visual photos by clicking here.
Note: This reporter had two homebirths and one hospital birth and vastly preferred the experience with a licensed midwife in my own home.