Labor of Love: Practicing Midwifery Far Offshore | CAI

Labor of Love: Practicing Midwifery Far Offshore

Mar 25, 2019

Sunny Daily weighing a newborn
Credit 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.

Mid-Wives Sybille Andersen and Sunny Daily after a birth
Credit courtesy of Sunny Daily

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