Birth a family affair at Navajo Nation facility in Arizona

Bringing newborn into the world is a major life event at a Navajo Nation health care facility in Tuba City, Arizona.

Women who give birth at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation are often surrounded by parents, grandparents, children and other relatives. “I’ve had 12 family members in the room,” Michelle Cullison, a nurse-midwife, told The New York Times. “I’ve frankly never seen a place like this."

The hospital prides itself on having a lower overall Caesarean rate than other facilities in the U.S. It also has a higher rate of vaginal births among women with a prior Caesarean.

The hospital mainly serves members of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe and the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe. It receives some funds from the Indian Health Service.

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