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Re: “Midwives seek autonomy in N.C.

Dr. Amy, Anyone who attended the NC Congressional hearing on this subject would certainly not claim that CPMs are "inferior" or second class citizens. Even the CNMs that spoke were very forthcoming that CPMs are required to have MUCH more hands-on experience than they do for their certification. Also, these other countries you speak of, still have homebirths in much larger proportions than America does and has much better maternal/infant outcomes than we do as well. Also, the rate of infant mortality in NC is linked to the CARE our under served women receive, not their "risky" pregnancies. That's why minorities and uninsured women fair worse of all our pregnant women in this state. As well as the women in one of the 20+ counties that don't even HAVE a birth center available. Maybe some research on our statistics would be favorable to your argument rather than spewing outright lies and falsities. Especially since you don't even live in our state and don't seem to know anything about the make up of our communities when it comes to this subject. I had a hospital birth in this state (in one of the larger towns in the state) and received sub-par care even WITH the best insurance available, and a science/medical background. The OB's ignored my complaints of discomfort and the fact that I pointed out that there were leukocytes in my urine (turned out I had a kidney infection which was exactly what I told the OB I thought I had), then the hospital almost killed me and sent me home with a fever of 106 degrees! For my second birth I did dual care with my CPM and a local OB and found that the CPM KEPT me healthy from the beginning, cared more about my health (both mental and physical) and did more to learn about my body. She also caught some liver problems developing that the OB never saw and was able to help me keep those problems at bay so as not to develop HELLP. I had a big boy at home with her and the most beautiful experience of our family's lives. While, I wouldn't claim homebirth is for everyone, I would certainly like to keep my options valid and be able to LEGALLY have a qualified person catch my baby! I'll NEVER step foot in a hospital to deliver my baby again, I'd have been better off at home by myself.

Posted by jettibojetti on 05/29/2008 at 10:21 AM

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