Science – or a PR campaign? Why Americans give birth in hospitals.

Thanks to shows like “Call the Midwife” and births of royal babies like little Charlotte, delivered into the hands of midwives, where and how women give birth is getting some attention. A recent Boston Globe article titled “Call (back) the midwife” explores why it’s normal in England (and many other places, frankly) to have babies delivered by midwives. They have a saying that encapsulates it nicely: “Every mother needs a midwife, and some women need a doctor, too.” In June, the Atlantic published a piece called “Call the midwife,” looking at…

How to Fix the UTA

Here in Utah County one of the biggest current debates is over whether we should put in a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line from the Orem FrontRunner station to the Provo FrontRunner station. While there are some who think that BRT has no place in Utah Valley, most agree that some kind of mass transit is not only inevitable, but also desirable. I tend to fall in the latter camp. I have been to cities all around the world that have amazing mass transit systems and they can make a…