Studies show that by age six, many girls start to express concerns about their weight or about becoming too fat. Sadly, these concerns can lead to bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders which affect more than twenty-four million people in the United States, with young women the most at risk. Exposed to media images of thin female models and actresses along with mothers and other role models in their lives who obsess about their weight, young girls quickly develop problems with how they view their own bodies.
While the vast majority of women in the United States give birth to their babies in a hospital, home births are becoming more popular. In 2012 an estimated 35,000 births occurred in the home, accounting for 0.7% of total U. S. births. We discuss different birthing options, and the role of midwives during pregnancy and childbirth, with Certified Nurse Midwife Jackie Gruer, Dr.