The "perils of home birth"? How about "the perils of mainstream media coverage of home birth"? The Today Show mangles its portrayal of midwifery and out-of-hospital birth as excellent maternity care options.
Low-risk pregnant women who plan home births have lower rates of complications, newborn deaths (even if they require transfer to the hospital before delivery) than comparison group delivering in the hospital
– Canada study
Georgia’s Community-Base Doula Program has produced some amazing results, including c-section rates nearly half the national rate and breastfeeding initiation rates 25% greater than the national average.
Upwardly-mobile moms may finally be catching on to the benefits of midwifery and homebirth, but low-income women are still firmly planted in the hospital, most often with medicalized births overseen by doctors.
America is overspending and under-serving women and families. The problem is not access to care; it is the care itself.
Recent opposition from the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists frustrates efforts of midwifery advocates to ensure safe and available home births for pregnant women who want them.
Family planning groups and NY Rep. Nita Lowey respond to the HHS proposal that would limit access to contraception for women, AMA apologizes for history of racial inequality, WaPo article on homosexuality and youth.
This Wednesday afternoon Roundup includes: C-sections are causing preterm birth, outlandish anti-choice legislation titles, midwifery successes and connecting the anti-choice dots.
Dems will unite around women, McCain on the Daily Show, TV workplace harassment, rising BC prices and debunking ALL.