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Midwife receives MacArthur fellowship.

Ruth Watson Lubic, a certified nurse-midwife, was recently named one of 31 new MacArthur Fellows. She will receive $375,000 over five years, and may use the award in any way--the MacArthur Foundation imposes no reporting requirements or restrictions on the MacArthur Fellows.

The MacArthur Fellows Program is designed to "identify and reward highly talented individuals across society, rather than from one particular discipline or institutional framework. The creativity found in individuals resonates throughout disciplines, communities, and society at large" said Mirdza Berzins, acting director of the Program. Recipients this year included men and women in varied fields such as health care, environment and energy conservation, anthropology, mathematics, geology, philosophy, community affairs, gospel singing, and radio.

Lubic, 66, has had an important influence on maternity care in the U.S. As a driving force behind the expansion for the midwifery profession, she is proposing changes in the delivery of health care to childbearing women. Her proposals are based on the fact that physician-based maternity care practiced in the U.S. is less effective and more expensive than the midwife-based practice (with physician back-up) used in the rest of the world. She has been a skillfull spokesperson for improving health care through innovative approaches such as freestanding birth centers. In 1983, Lubic founded the National Association of Childbearing Centers (NACC), a direct offshoot of the Maternity Center Association of New York, which is now a potent force in the development of birth centers nationwide.
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Title Annotation:Ruth Watson Lubic, MacArthur Fellows Program
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Date:Jun 22, 1993
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