Birthing pains

A recent Tuesday afternoon at the Western North Carolina Birth Center was unusually quiet. The birthing rooms were empty. No laboring mothers paced the halls; no infants wailed. The staff arrived for work, but the mood was forlorn. July 20 marked the close of the WNC Birth Center, the only 24/7 midwifery option in Asheville. […]

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 […]