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UC Merced Connect Fellow studies midwifery
Sacramento Bee

Catalina Hernandez, UC Merced’s first Human Rights Center fellow, is spending this summer exploring how women decide to seek help from a midwife for childbirth instead of an obstetrician.

A proponent of midwifery, Hernandez said allowing women to choose their maternity care is a human-rights issue that goes beyond race or class.

The pop-culture image of childbirth — a screaming mother in a hospital — distorts people’s perspectives, she said.