Home Health Parents News Now Midwives Become Status Symbol in New York City Midwives Become Status Symbol in New York City By Holly Lebowitz Rossi June 18, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Midwives Become Status Symbol in New York City 29709 Are midwives becoming trendy, like juice cleanses and Tom's shoes? It seems that way, at least among certain well-dressed pockets of New York society, where midwifery is no longer seen as a weird, fringe practice favored by crunchy types, but as an enlightened, more natural choice for the famous and fashionable. "The perception of midwives has completely shifted," said Dr. Jacques Moritz, director of the gynecology division at St. Luke's-Roosevelt and a consulting obstetrician for three midwife practices. "It used to be just the hippies who wanted to go to midwives. Now it's the women in the red-bottom shoes." And like any status symbol, a pecking order has emerged. Just as getting your toddler into the right preschool requires social maneuvering, getting into a boutique midwifery clinic has become competitive. "We constantly have to turn women away," said Sylvie Blaustein, the founder of Midwifery of Manhattan, a practice on West 58th Street that has its share of well-heeled clients. Opened in 2003, the practice now has six midwives on staff. "Because of the quality of care, we can only deliver about 20 babies a month." "It sounds bizarre," Ms. Blaustein added, "but midwifery has become quote-unquote trendy." Image: Pregnant woman, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Midwives Become Status Symbol in New York City Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.