Midwife Karen Jefferson on home-birth delivery and prenatal and postnatal care.

How Does a Home-Birth Midwife Work?

How Does a Home-Birth Midwife Work?

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April 26 2015 2:01 AM

The “How Does a Home-Birth Midwife Work?” Edition

Karen Jefferson describes her work providing prenatal and postnatal care, attending home-birth deliveries, and scrambling to find a parking spot.


Listen to this episode of Working with guest Karen Jefferson:

Karen Jefferson
Midwife Karen Jefferson

Photo by Adam Davidson

In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine talks with midwife Karen Jefferson about her work providing labor and delivery services in the comfort of people’s homes.


Jefferson discusses how she entered midwifery and what it’s like to provide prenatal, postnatal, and delivery services in New York City. 

In a Slate Plus extra, Jefferson talks about maintaining a professional relationship with patients, despite the intimacy of her job. If you’re not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

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Adam Davidson is co-founder and co-host of Planet Money. He also writes the weekly "It's the Economy" column for the New York Times Magazine.