University of Miami Law Review


The rite of childbirth once belonged to the mother and her midwife, a companion and attendant interned in the mysteries of human birth. Modern medicine usurped that position, replacing the midwife with the professional physician. The author traces the journey of the midwife to her present status as a legitimate source of obstetrical care and examines the Florida Legislature's recent enactment of the Midwifery Practice Act.