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Re: “Midwives seek autonomy in N.C.

I've had quite an enjoyable time reading everyone's comments. However, after all the mud has been slung, the facts skewed, and statistics presented and twisted, the bottom line is still about CHOICE. Everyone is responsible for educating themselves about the pros/cons of their particular choice. I have no doubt there are some half truths regarding homebirth but there are just as many misconceptions about hospital delivery. For example, in the past week, two pregnant women have asked me if they had to get an epidural after arriving at the hospital. When I responded with a resounding NO, both women said their OB (different doctors) told them that was their only option. Again, it is about CHOICE. Someone asked that Dr Amy identify herself and give her qualifications...did I miss that response?

Posted by CarpenterBabe on 06/13/2008 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Midwives seek autonomy in N.C.

Several people have left comments stating that some statistics are skewed or wrong. This may be so but the real point is women do not have options when it comes to pregnancy, labor and delivery. My ex-husband is a paramedic and responds to accidents every week where someone is hurt and needs medical attention but, for whatever reason, refuses treatment and transport to a hospital. In these situations, people have options and are legally and morally allowed to make decisions based on their personal wants, wishes and beliefs. Why is childbirth so different? I am one of the few who did plan a homebirth but had to transport to a hospital due to an unforseen complication. Hospital personnel made erroneous assumptions and judgements and treated us like white trash crack whores who wanted to kill our baby!! No one ever asked us one question about our situation or wanted to talk with our CPM, who had traveled to the hospital with us. We had to fight continuously for our rights, from allowing our baby to room with us to refusing the PKU test. We were repeatedly told state law required us to have the PKU test and I repeatedly refused until someone called Raleigh and confirmed I was right. Because I would not sign a consent form allowing 'any routine newborn care' (I didn't know what they considered routine and I asked that I be told before any procedure was done), I was reported to and investigated by DSS. The hospital or staff was in no way conducive to the bonding experience with mother and child. A pediatrician actually told us to allow our son to stay in the nursery so we could get some rest! While I am thankful for the emergency procedures that allowed my son to be born healthy, I am truly distressed that my son was born into a situation of fear, undue pressure and control which didn't have to exist at all. And by the way, before Dr Amy comments on the 'unforseen complication' that made emergency transport possible, this particular complication wouldn't have been noticed had I been in the hospital for the duration of my labor. This was attested to by the OB who delivered my son.

Posted by CarpenterBabe on 05/31/2008 at 5:03 PM

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