One of the more revered traditions in the laboring room is the ceremonial cutting of baby's umbilical cord. The job is usually bestowed upon mom's partner and signifies the transition of mom and baby as one to mom and baby as individuals.
Ah, the notorious "back labor." You may have experienced back labor yourself, but if not, you've probably heard about it from a friend/sister/mother who loves to talk about her experience with back labor.
I wish that well organized and regulated midwifery care, whether in the hospital or out, was the go-to option for American mothers. Why? Obstetrical training revolves largely around birth pathology and high-risk cases.