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Erin Kitchin, 34 weeks pregnant with a boy lays in the hospital bed during a class session with the Nurse Midwifery program at ECU's College of Nursing. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)
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Erin Kitchin, 34 weeks pregnant with a boy lays in the hospital bed during a class session with the Nurse Midwifery program at ECU's College of Nursing. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Giving birth a healthy start

“Birth doesn’t have to happen (in a strict medical setting). You can listen to and trust your body.”


Cherese Infinito
midwifery student

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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A classroom at East Carolina University’s College of Nursing of Wednesday was filled with pregnant women gladly having their abdomens pushed and pulled, measured and diagrammed.

Doing the hands-on examinations were about a dozen nurses studying online and on the ECU campus to advance their primary care skills by becoming certified nurse midwives, the only program of its kind in North Carolina.


The students — and their patient-facilitators — were there because of their passionate wish to share the birth experience fully and get life off to a healthy start for babies, they said.

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I have so many questions

I have so many questions birth related that I couldn't fit them all in this space. I do have a main concern about natural birth though. Do you think it's safe to have natural birth if you know you have a history of heart problems? This will help me make a decision for my future options.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart