[FoRK] Re: (no subject)

Stephen D. Williams sdw
Tue Oct 4 07:05:52 PDT 2005

The FoRK spellchecker has reminded me: breach->breech...


Stephen D. Williams wrote:

> 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.
> sdw
> Corinna wrote:
>> 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.)
>> -Corinna
>> "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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