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  • Rachel Hansen, a midwife for Birthstream Midwifery Services, enters the home of Amy Davenport, to conduct a postpartum visit. Photographed July 5, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Rachel Hansen, a midwife for Birthstream Midwifery Services, comforts 3-week-old, Julia Davenport, before weighing her during a postpartum visit. AB 1308, a law that would potentially increase the autonomy of midwives and increase access is currently under consideration in California. Photographed July 5, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Amy Davenport, surrounded by her four older children, comforts her 3 week old daughter, Julia during a postpartum visit with Rachel Hansen, a midwife for Birthstream Midwifery Services. Julia was Davenport's first home birth and she liked the experience much better than the hospital births she had. She loved that she did not have to leave home and that her whole family could be a part of the process. Photographed July 5, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Rachel Hansen, a midwife for Birthstream Midwifery Services, prepares to listen to the heart of 3-week-old, Julia Davenport, during a postpartum visit. Photographed July 5, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Rachel Hansen, a midwife for Birthstream Midwifery Services, listens to the heart of 3-week-old, Julia Davenport during a postpartum visit. Photographed July 5, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Amy Davenport hold her 3-week-old daughter, Julia, as her son, Neil, 3, talks to them after a postpartum visit conducted by a midwife. Photographed July 5, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Rachel Hansen, a midwife for Birthstream Midwifery Services, takes notes during a postpartum visit with Amy Davenport, right, and her 3-week-old daughter, Julia. Davenport's other daughter, Audrey, 2, watches the process. Photographed July 5, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • From left, Stella Davenport, 7, and her siblings, Neil, 3, and Audrey, 2, test out the midwife's stethoscope while their mother is being counseled. Photographed July 5, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Audrey Davenport, 2, tries to listen from the wrong end of a stethoscope during her mother's postpartum visit with midwife, Rachel Hansen. Photographed July 5, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Rachel Hansen, a midwife for Birthstream Midwifery Services, hugs Amy Davenport, after a postpartum visit. Davenport said she liked the level of respect she received as a women through her midwifery care. Also the birthing process was less stressful since it took place at home. Photographed July 5, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
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