Cher Durham is preparing to deliver her first child at a home in Kendall. Midwife Corina Fitch settles herself under a blanket at one end of a couch in Durham's living room. Having delivered more than 150 babies and witnessed 300 more births, the midwife knows from the serene expression on her client's face that delivery is far off. Still, Fitch, a registered nurse as well as a licensed midwife, measures the expectant mother's progress: The usually thick tissue of the cervix is now paper-thin and is beginning to part ever so slightly for the baby -- a process that could take a first-time mother ten hours or more. The Durhams are in... More >>>
From left, midwife Corina Fitch assists Cher Durham during delivery; Fitch with the newborn in her first moments; Cher Durham holds her minutes-old infant.