About this situation and the program for non-nurse midwives. I worked for years as an LPN and the best of those years were in company with a wonderful family-practice physician whose view of birthing was exactly as yours! He was a skilled and dedicated man who shed a tear or two at every one of his deliveries that I participated in. He was a great teacher and I ended up being 'over qualified' for my license. I loved labor and delivery, especially working with patients who came in fearful and stressed and easing them over to relaxed and confident! Perhaps you will understand if I say that I seemed to have a 'gift' for laboring-patient assessments...sensed something wrong at times before I could give the physician a 'reason' for my concern (they learned to listen)...and as a mother of three who miscarried number one, delivered NSD X 2 of six-pounders and then number three as a 10# 1oz little man (concrete block was a very good analogy; read shoulder dystocia), I could really relate and coach with 'authority'. Wow, this wonderful article brought a rush of great memories and some large regrets! I would have found a way to relocate to New Mexico.