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Tanya Wills featured in Gothamist

Expectant Mothers In NYC Face The Prospect Of Laboring Without Their Partners

Tanya Wills, a midwife who runs Manhattan Birth, said her office had fielded as many as 20 calls since Sunday. She said she has had to use a prerecorded message saying that they are not taking any new clients. Overall, she said the sudden demand for midwives outstrips the local supply. “In this town, we simply don’t have enough of us,” she said. According to a 2018 New York Times story, there are only about 35 home birth midwives in the city.

-Elizabeth Kim and Caroline Lewis for Gothamist

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