Deb Puterbaugh

Deb Newberry-Puterbaugh, LM, CPM, is a woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, childbirth educator, doula, midwife, and community organizer. Deb has spent her adult life dedicated to personal growth, women’s empowerment, and cultural change. She is a midwife educator. www.femininechange.com

Calling All Midwives….

We have a problem! Labor induction in the United States has more than tripled since 1990.
A first-time mom told me on social media, “It wasn’t even a discussion, it was: ‘this is what’s happening.’ It’s really hard to disagree with doctors or people in positions of authority—in particular when you’re in such a vulnerable position.”

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The Future of Midwifery Education

To have a meaningful discussion about the future of midwifery education, we must consider the question: what is a midwife? To understand what a midwife is we need to ask ourselves some other important questions. First, who created midwifery? Second, what do midwives do? And finally, the most important question of all: exactly who “owns” human reproduction? Only after we answer these important questions can we start to analyze and develop a plan to educate the midwives of the future and begin to truly address the huge crisis we have in maternal and child health care today.

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It’s Overdue … Midwives Need to Give Birth to Themselves!

In this opinion piece, midwife Deb Puterbaugh argues that midwives need to stop giving their power to the doctors and take it back themselves.

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The Future of Midwifery Education Midwives Defining Midwifery

Puterbaugh makes the argument that midwives should be the ones to determine the future of midwifery education and puts the call out to organize so that we may have our voices heard.

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