Friday, February 13, 2009

Grassroots Network: Consumer Reports

In October, I posted a notice from Childbirth Connection about the Milbank Report that included a link to an article and quiz in Consumer Reports based on the report. The article and quiz have caught renewed attention since then and here is some more information from the CfM Grassroots Network:

Dear Friends,

Consumer Reports has published an excellent article based on the report "Evidence Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Do" published last fall by Childbirth Connection, the Reforming States Group and Milbank Memorial Fund. The article summarizes the main points made in the much longer report.

The Consumer Reports article can be read here.

and includes a quiz. The first question is (answer true or false): An obstetrician will deliver better maternity care, overall, than a midwife or family doctor. Of course you all know the correct answer! Each question includes an explanation of the correct answer.

Since Consumer Reports is held in quite high regard, this will be a great article (and quiz!) to use with family, friends, legislators, and anyone you can think of! While the article does not emphasize midwives, it does a good job of pointing out the shortcomings of the standard, hospital-based high tech maternity "care".

Susan Hodges, "gatekeeper"

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