Senior Psychology major Leah Daniel volunteers as a Doula at the UNC Hospitals.

Though the practice has fallen in and out of popularity in the U.S. as medicine has become increasingly professionalized, midwives today deliver about 15 percent of births at UNC Hospitals. 

 “There’s a lot more interest today in women to have more say in their healthcare and more involvement in their labor and pregnancy,” said Kathy Higgins, the division director of midwifery services in the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

“For midwives, that is their basic philosophy, in providing education and supporting them in their desires for their pregnancy and birthing experience.” 





Caleb Puchalski, a.k.a. Doris Locht, puts on makeup. Photo by Summer Lawrence.

Who will be crowned Miss Womanless 2018? You decide!

 “The talent portion is quite incredible,” said Grayson Hahn, who will be competing under the name Belle Tower. “We have a lot of interesting and unexpected talents from people that I think people will be very surprised to see. It’s very entertaining and very funny.” 


Flyleaf Bookstore located at 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. 

Column: Bookshop cat, where you at? I miss you.

Without The Bookshop's quirky, convenient offerings, the immediate Chapel Hill area (for students without transportation) has become a literary desert of sorts. We need a good, local, independent bookstore. These kinds of bookstores are good for all aspects of a literary community: author, consumer and larger town or community — and they imbue towns like Chapel Hill with literary character.


Lawyer Hugh Stevens presents the DTH's argument in court on Tuesday morning.

Judges rule UNC must provide names of sexual assault perpetrators

In a ruling issued Tuesday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals said UNC must release the names of people found responsible for rape, sexual assault or any related acts of sexual misconduct through the University's honor court, Committee on Student Conduct or Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office. 


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Faced with rising costs, middle-class families turn to community college

Enrollment rates at community colleges have doubled or tripled in the last decade as middle-class families respond to rising costs of higher education.  UNC has therefore seen an increase in accepting transfer students — up 8 percent since 2014. There are certainly pros and cons to the transfer process, as several UNC students like senior Sarah Calire noted.  “Some people will make their sly comments like, ‘Oh, it’s so easy to go to community college and transfer in,’” Calire said. “But I just brush those off because I know my truth, and I know I worked hard.”  


The solar panels near Maple View Farm are an example of the solar energy powered by Duke Energy.

Duke Energy aims to reduce energy usage in Orange County

Duke Energy Progress, the Triangle’s Duke Energy affiliate, a new energy saving program known as EnergyWise Home. The project aims to reduce energy usage during peak periods this summer. This and other projects are representative of Duke Energy’s environmental push over the last several years both to save money and to use less power.