Modern traditions: Midwives perform medical exams and deliver babies in lieu of an OB-GYN, whereas doulas provide emotional and physical support to women in labor and their families, explains Dolly Pressley Byrd, a certified nurse-midwife. photo by Bill Rhodes

Mother knows best?

Coming out of general anesthesia, Erin Salkin opened her eyes and looked around the hospital room, searching for the woman who could answer her question. She’d just given birth to her first child, Dylan, and she wanted to know if the emergency cesarean section doctors had performed meant she couldn’t have another child naturally, as […]

An Economic Analysis of the COPA agreement between N.C. and MIssion Health

On Feb. 10, 2011, Gregory S. Vistnes completed a report commissioned by MIssion Health System and submitted to state legislators: An Economic Analysis of the Certificate of Public Advantage Agreement Between the State of North Carolina and Mission Health. Vistnes examines the local and regional impacts of the 1995 agreement, which set guidelines for the merger of Mission and St. Joseph hospitals. In April, Franklin, N.C., orthodontist Sen. Jim Davis, Republican, proposed SB 698, a bill calling for further review of the COPA.