The Secret Baby Catchers of Alabama. December 2018. Jett (child) being thrown by Caleb (dad) / Opelika, Alabama. When it comes to reproductive choices we think of the primary battlegrounds as contraception, sex education and abortion. We hear far less about the significant restrictions on childbirth. Seventeen states have laws that put midwives at risk of criminal prosecution. In Alabama, midwives were not permitted to practice until last year. So moms give birth with midwives in makeshift spaces along the border line, often in secret, like this RV where Kate’s son Jett was born.