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boston globe magazine
July 10, 2011
One woman's home-birth battle (Photograph by Matt Kalinowski)

Her home-birth battle

Determined to avoid 'overmedicalized' labor and deliveries, more Massachusetts women are choosing home births. Doctors oppose the practice. The state doesn't regulate midwives. Now one brave – and unlikely – advocate is fighting for change.

Issue highlights

coupling: stories about relationships

Uncommon ground

Why my wife and I never talk sports.
dinner with cupid

Who's the boss?

A supervisor's unexpected appearance unnerves this dater.
Miss Conduct

Wedding day disasters

Time to close the door on hurtful family, plus artfully declining to dance at a wedding.

The perp wore a cowbell

A Taser is not the way to get Bossie back to the barn.
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