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death midwife

death midwife
 n.— «While only a tiny portion of the nation’s dead are cared for at home, the number is growing. There are at least 45 organizations or individuals nationwide that help families with the process, compared with only two in 2002, Mr. Slocum said. The cost of a death midwife, as some of the coaches call themselves, varies from about $200 for an initial consultation to $3,000 if the midwife needs to travel.» —“Home Burials Offer an Intimate Alternative” by Katie Zezima in Peterborough, New Hampshire New York Times July 21, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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