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Re: “Midwives seek autonomy in N.C.

Interview those women who have experienced both in-hosital births and out-of-hospital births, and the over whelming majority will choose an out of hospital birth for their next birth. The press is slow to conduct these comparative interviews, partly because editors believe a "balanced article" is supposed have an equal number of quotes from opposing sides. Follow the money trail of those who lobby and are lobbied! The powerful medical and pharmaceutical interest lobbies have no interest in allowing midwives gain scope of practice. On the contrary, the AMA wants to expand its own scope of practice by declaring all pregnancies a medical condition; all laboring women mentally compromised and therefore unable to manage their own birth; and all births a medical procedure. Infant mortality with a Certified Professional Midwife is just as safe as an OB-GYN. However, women are not as safe with an OB-GYN birthing mothers are cut more often unnecessarily. Again, talk with women who had experienced both several times! My wifes experience as a registered nurse in a hospital My wife is a registered nurse. Her six plus years of hospital experience convinced her that she wanted to be treated differently than how she saw the vast majority of women being treated in the maternity wards and birthing centers. After reviewing the available statistics in 1981, we chose to have all ten of our children at home with a midwife. Why? Here are just a few of the reasons: -- there is more freedom at home; -- a woman is more relaxed in her familiar surroundings; -- hospital caused diseases and infections are reduced; -- iatrogenic diseases are nearly eliminated; -- expenses are less; and -- safety from intervention is greatly lessened! I have yet to meet an OB-GYN who has observed as many natural births as the midwvies we had had over the years. Most hospital births managed by OB-GYNs include medical interventions of some sort and too high a percentage are induced unnecessarily. When OB-GYNs improve ALL their safety statistics (including interventions) to match the statistics of CPMs; are willing to birth in the freedom, safety, and privacy of a home; and are willing to charge the same as CPMs, then our family is willing to talk about them for a planned low risk birth. Until then, we will choose them only for what their training and experience qualifies them: intervention in a high risk birth situation.

Posted by PapaMidwife on 05/28/2008 at 11:43 PM

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