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Re: “Midwives seek autonomy in N.C.

While I have read and think that Dr. Tuteur's comments are well documented, her tone is what bothers me the most. But, in all fairness, let me defend her for a moment. I have read some of the other articles she has written on home births and on birthing in general, and she advocates very strongly against doctors/hospitals and the medical industry in general who perform unnecessary invasive and general procedures on pregnant women. I remember reading a post in which she argues very stongly against the rise in C-sections and how doctors especially in emergency rooms have the tendency to practice "defensive medicine", where they do procedures that are not necessary in order to keep from being sued. She really stands alone in some aspects as a voice of advocacy against the "system" which many of those associated with the home birth/midwifery movement do as well. So, as to her defense, she is not the devil some of you are making her out to be. And more, I think she actually agrees, though I can't speak for her, that there is reason to question the safety and care given by the standard medical industry in some aspects. Saying that, Dr. Tuteur, whether your points prove to be true scientifically or not (if you ever get your hands on those dastardly secret midwife homebirth statistics you keep going on and on about), you come off as a whiny, elitist snob who (although I know this is probably not true) cares more about proving you are right than about the people who you are preaching to and claim to be protecting. And this, most bluntly, is why these women don't like going to doctors like you or anyone else when having a child. You treat them like they are a medical condition, not like a person who is deeply in love with the little baby inside them and wants to experience a deep, emotional and lasting bond with them in the comfort of their own homes without the coldness and unnecessary procedures that go on in the hospitals of America. Can you not see this? It really is the main crux of the argument, simply put, that people hate know-it-all, seemingly cold and insensitive doctors who care more about statistics; their next patient; when they are finally going to get to go home; not having to go in to deliver a baby at 3am; unnecessary procedures; than caring about the deeply sensitive emotional state of the mother and her deep desire to bond with her newborn baby outside of all that mess that the standard American healthcare system brings with them.

Posted by astoria on 07/03/2008 at 9:59 AM

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