You can read the blog and comments so far here.
You do have to sign up/log in before you can post comments. However, after you have read some of the more ignorant/hostile posts, you may feel moved to sign up! This is a place where you can speak up for facts that support midwife-attended home birth, and point out that the issue is not making “all” women have natural childbirth at home, but that the AMA does not have any business dictating that “all” women give birth in hospitals (or specifically accredited birth centers which are few and far between).
There probably are other blogs where this discussion is going on, but this is the first one pointed out to me.
Some thoughts to consider:
The AMA and ACOG are the health care professionals who have brought us the highest cesarean section and induction rates ever in the US, along with the worst standing yet for perinatal mortality and worsening rates for maternal mortality. Furthermore, rates for premature birth have been increasing, and recent studies have connected this increase with the increase in cesarean sections (for example, see here). The same professionals who have brought us these sad outcomes are claiming their way is best???
Many complications in labor and delivery actually are caused by medical practices and interventions, and are not common problems of pregnancy, labor or vaginal birth. Denying food and drink during labor, preventing or discouraging mothers from walking and other physical activity during labor, using drugs to "start labor” (ie, induction) or hasten labor (augmentation)
One has to ask if modern obstetricians are even competent to attend normal birth, as they seem unable to resist meddling with the process and causing problems in so many ways. There is no question that sometimes interventions, even cesarean sections, are needed and can be life saving. However, it is likely that many fewer mothers would have complications if typical routine obstetrical practices did not interfere with the normal process so much.
If there is going to be legislation, maybe it should require obstetrician wanna-be’s to complete midwifery training before their OB specialty training. In my personal opinion, ACOG and the AMA have no business trying to restrict women’s choices when it comes to birth.
Susan Hodges “gatekeeper”