Labor of Love: Practicing Midwifery Far Offshore

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Courtesy of Sunny Daily

About 100 babies are born every year on Nantucket Island- most of them at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Parents who choose home birth can turn to the one midwife of the island. Sunny Daily has been training to be Nantucket's midwife for the past decade. But sustaining a midwifery practice nearly thirty miles offshore comes with unique challenges not to mention that sometimes  home birth means delivering a baby on a boat.

Astrophysicist and cosmologist Marcelo Gleiser is this year's Templeton Prize winner.
Dartmouth College-Eli Burakian

The Templeton Prize is sometimes described as the Nobel Prize for spirituality.

Team Salient. From left, Stephen, Ray, and Eric Schmitt. Stephen and Eric are Ray's twin sons.
Nancy Copley

We’ve got 10-day weather forecasts. We’ve got NOAA seasonal outlook forecasts. But there’s a no man’s land in between, and that’s where predictions get really tricky.

The Missouri River near Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Nebraska is facing more than one billion dollars in damage due to historic and devastating flooding this past week. The storm that set things into motion was powerful –a so-called bomb cyclone. But the amount of rain it delivered doesn’t account for the flooding on its own.

Mass shootings researcher Jaclyn Schildkraut says media coverage should limit use of perpetrators' names and faces.
Courtesy of Jaclyn Schildkraut

Mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch rocked New Zealanders to their core. What may have shocked Americans even more is the response of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who quickly and emphatically declared that she would not say the name of the shooter.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited members of the Muslim community after a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch. Ardern has vowed not to say the perpetrator's name, and asked others to do the same.
Kirk Hargreaves / CC BY 4.0

"You can say 'the perpetrator.' It's the same - two words - as somebody's first and last name. So, you can still say 'the perpetrator walked into this building and did this' and you're giving everybody all the information they normally would have gotten. You're just not rewarding the killer." - Jaclyn Shildkraut

This week on Living Lab Radio:

Dan Tritle

WCAI's Kathryn Eident hosts a panel of journalists looking at some of the week's top local news stories.  Her guests include Ethan Genter from the Cape Cod Times, George Brennan from the Martha's Vineyard Times, Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, and Ed Miller from the Provincetown Banner.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

Members of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel were frustrated by what they say is a lack of answers from Holtec, the company looking to buy the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. During a meeting on Wednesday night, members of the panel asked Holtec questions regarding how much it estimated shutting down the plant would cost, and what their long term plans for storing the nuclear waste on site were. 

Dan Tritle

Improvements in maternity care since the 1940’s have resulted in a dramatic reduction in the occurrence of stillbirth in the United States, but those declines have recently levelled off.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, stillbirths affect over 24,000 women and families each year, but it’s still something rarely discussed.

Today, we talk with maternity staff, midwives and therapists who help families through the experience.


Learn more about what's going on in the world of astronomy as WCAI's "All Things Considered" host Brian Morris speaks with Dr. Regina Jorgenson, Director of Astronomy at the Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket.


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