It’s official…homebirth on “dramatic” rise
The latest article on the Big Push for Midwives campaign confirmed our anecdotal experience:
Midwife-attended home births increased by 27 percent between 1996 and 2006. Home-birth advocates believe the numbers will rise as more states amend their laws to accommodate the practice, which they contend is at least as safe as hospital births for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies.
I have women on airplanes telling me they plan to homebirth now. Once the 2007 and 2008 numbers are in, I imagine those homebirth increases will be dramatic compared to the previous years.
If we are to address the healthcare system in this country, we cannot ignore the third of all total spending that is spent on maternity care. We spend more than any other country without any health outcomes to show for it. Eventually, physicians’ special interest groups lose to reforming legislation that promotes safer and more efficient models of integrated midwifery care at home and in hospitals like programs in countries like the United Kingdom and Australia.
Hopefully our own state legislature will pass the midwifery bill this session because women are going to be birthing at home regardless of what they do, so we may as well make it as safe as possible by creating a midwifery board with the expertise to support and regulate this critical profession.
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