For the great majority of American women, the right to choose the place and manner of giving birth has quietly, but continually, narrowed. In just half a century, allopathic physicians in the United States have enticed ninety-nine percent of us into their places of business (hospitals) for childbirth, forced on us a medical model of birth that has never been proven safe or beneficial, raised the price of services which have diminished in quality and quantity, and lobbied state legislatures for laws that would require us to submit to their exclusive control during pregnancy and childbirth.

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