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Dr. Kenneth Edelin of the Boston City Hospital
[Midwives at Boston City Hospital]
Original Airdate: 5/17/1988

Length: 00:02:45
Item Type: newstape - edited story master

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Description : Abstract
David Boeri reports that midwives at Boston City Hospital have been locked out by the hospital administration in a dispute over hospital policy. Boeri notes that the lockout is probably a reaction to the mass resignation by the midwives two weeks ago. Boeri reports that Dr. Kenneth Edelin (Chief of Obstetrics, Boston City Hospital) has restricted midwives to the delivery of uncomplicated pregnancies. Boeri adds that the midwives accuse Edelin of restricting midwifery practice at the hospital and abandoning their commitment to poor women. Boeri's report includes footage from a protest gathering of nurse midwives and expectant mothers outside of the hospital. Anna Fernandez (mother), Lisa Nesbitt (expectant mother), Virginia Taylor (BCH nurse midwife), Joanna Rorie (nurse midwife), and Dr. Louis Laz (former Director of Obstetrics, BCH) address the gathering. Rorie defends the safety record of nurse midwives and Laz criticizes the hospital policy. Boeri interviews Edelin. Edelin responds to the accusations of the midwives and to charges that many obstetricians have resigned in response to his leadership style. Boeri notes that midwives are an integral part of the city's plan to provide quality care to poor women. Boeri's report is accompanied by footage of nurse midwives with patients at a health center.

Contributor : Reporter
David Boeri
Format : Tape 5783   Barcode   Script is available.
3/4" cassette 102882 
VHS cassette 104993 
Betacam cassette 103052 
digital betacam cassette 103053 

Subject : Keywords
Medical care

Subject : Personal Names
Boeri, David
Edelin, Dr. Kenneth
Fernandez, Anna
Laz, Dr. Louis
Nesbitt, Lisa
Rorie, Joana
Taylor, Virginia

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston City Hospital

Type : Genre
News - Unedited

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