Home birth attacks…

2 September 2008 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Well, we start our back-to-school/back-to-business time of year with some home birth backlash.

Dr. Phil is seeking women who regret their home birth for his show on home births. Dare he ask for women who regret their hospital births? He could devote the rest of his season exclusively for women of that demographic. I can only imagine and fear what type of woman they are seeking to represent the home birth mom. She will look unclean, unhealthy, and uneducated. Feel free to let the producers have a piece of your mind.

And The Big Push lets us know that ACOG has put outlawing home birth midwives on the highest legislative priority:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 1, 2008) In the newest phase of its ongoing effort to deny women the right to choose their maternity care providers and birth settings, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has announced that eliminating access to midwives who specialize in out-of-hospital birth is now the second most important issue on its state legislative agenda. This move puts restricting access to trained midwives ahead of such critical issues as contraceptive equity, ensuring access to emergency contraception, and the prevention and treatment of perinatal HIV/AIDS.

ACOG claims to be an advocate of women’s health and choice, but when it comes to the right to choose to deliver your baby in the privacy of your own home with a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) who is specifically trained to provide the safest care possible, ACOG’s paternalistic colors bleed through,” said Susan M. Jenkins, Legal Counsel for the Big Push for Midwives Campaign. “It is astonishing that an organization that purports to be a champion of women’s healthcare would put a petty turf battle that affects less than one percent of the nation’s childbearing women ahead of pressing issues that have an impact on nearly every woman in this country. If this is not dereliction of duty, I can’t imagine what is.”

We have our work cut out for us to protect the birthing rights of women in Massachusetts!


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