[FoRK] Re: (no subject)
Stephen D. Williams
Tue Oct 4 06:53:45 PDT 2005
You can't be certain you won't have a complication, like breach
presentation, that a midwife can't handle.
Certainly traditional hospital birthing was wrongly prescriptive
(keeping the mother on her back, etc.), but 14 years ago even in Ohio
you could find a good "birthing center" hospital that could deal with
water birthing, etc.
Sure, a reasonably large amount of time things will come out all right,
but if it's even a few percent that require modern techniques, it's not
worth the risk to be stuck without them. If you could find a midwife
facility right next to a good hospital, that might work, but you still
might have to be wheeled accross the street on a gurney while the baby
suffocates or has a low oxygen event.
I'd really be surprised if it were true that mortality and labor
problems (that couldn't be solved) were greater in a hospital. Breach
births are fairly common and you can't always turn a baby at that
point. A good OB will detect and turn the baby before labor, generally.
>Having a baby in a US hospital is fraught with all sorts of risks (even
>among otherwise healthy people, there is greater mortality, and labor
>problems). Unless there's a medical reason to do so, it's better to go
>elsewhere (like a birthing center, or midwife). [Insert ob disclaimer here.]
>At any rate, they do all sorts of things to us at birth without our consent:
>premature separation from the monther (there's some evidence suggesting this
>can lead to decreased probability of mother-child bonding, increased
>probability of PPD, and problems with breastfeeding), circumcision, Social
>Security numbers, vaccinations... things that probably not everyone would do
>if they were given a choice. (None of which I did to my kids, although we
>ended up getting SSNs because we had to in order to claim them as
>dependents. It was worth several thousand dollars to us at a time when we
>really needed the money.)
>"Tracie K Meyer" <con10gent_sentience at inoutbox.com> wrote in message
> Have a baby in a US hospital, and you can rest assured plenty of blood
> samples will be taken from your newborn. The samples are not being used
> to screen for the diseases, syndromes and medical conditions you are
> eager to be reassured your child doesn't have.
> Oftentimes they are stored indefinitely,
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