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Re: “Midwives seek autonomy in N.C.

Thank you Amy Tuter, MD. for giving all of us in the birth community such a fine example of what's wrong with maternity healthcare in the United States. Such anger encapsulated in your libelous statements. As a biologist, and fellow scientist; I employ you to present your scientific data and sources to back up your statements obviously pregnant with seething animosity. You may want to assimilate data on the safety of homebirth for your own peace of mind and intellectual curiosity (please see the CPM 2000 study in the British Medical Journal:) http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/330/7505/1416 or better yet read one the World Health Organization's findings for 2007 at www.who.int/reproductive-health/global_monitoring/skilled_attendant.html where an update for 2007 about skilled birth attendants lowering maternal mortality can be found. The update presents the WHO goal to lower maternal mortality by recommending that "skilled attendants" attend all normal pregnancies and deliveries, then goes on to clearly define "skilled attendants" as: Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel represents the percentage of all births attended by a skilled health-care worker. The term skilled attendant refers to an accredited health professional - such as a midwife, doctor or nurse - who has been educated and trained to proficiency in the skills needed to manage normal (uncomplicated) pregnancies, childbirth and the immediate postnatal period, and in the identification, management and referral of complications in women and newborns (World Health Organization, 2004). Take notice Amy: Midwife (as skilled attendant) is listed FIRST on the list! The World Health Orgainization does not seem to believe or endorse that midwives are second-string!

Posted by Mystical Womb on 05/29/2008 at 12:17 PM

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