But so far at least, there seems to have been a dearth of recognition (in reviews) for another praiseworthy life saver: the c-section.
The often untold stories of babies and mothers who died or were seriously injured during natural births in the 1950s are touched on in this series, and it's evident that the technology available to us today, including ultrasound and emergency or planned cesareans, would have prevented so much grief and heartache.
We marvel at how far we've come (e.g. contraception, IVF, pain relief and hygiene), and yet advances in the comparative safety of cesarean surgery can sometimes be overlooked, taken for granted or even maligned.
Let's celebrate the call to midwifery, yes, but we should celebrate the cesarean too; it's just as deserving.