Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Minneapolis Birth ranks high

Alisa Blackwood, a local doula here, sent this around today:

Fit Pregnancy magazine has named Minneapolis the 2nd best city to have a baby in (behind Portland, Ore.). One of the reasons?
"Minneapolis has one doula for every 37 live births, the highest ratio in our survey. The national average is one doula per 649 live births."

Go doulas! Link to the Minneapolis "report card" and look up other cities here:


Alisa Blackwood
Freelance Writer & Birth Doula...and here is Alisa's signature quote:

"Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work,
it means to be in the middle of those things and still be calm in your heart."

I wonder how we'd rank if we included our homebirths - hey, that's a question
Betty-Anne Daviss and Ken Johnson could answer if the stats collected on their

website, Understanding Birth Better, for the certified professional midwives (CPMs) were examined for such data. Just a thought.

1 comment:

Alisa said...

Agreed on your point at the end! The Fit Pregnancy ranking has a somewhat narrow view of birth if you look at their categories. It's mostly medical, hospital-based data. Maybe a letter to the editor is in order, urging them to look at home births next time around?

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