“Natural Birth Subculture”?

20 May 2011 at 7:12 am 1 comment

Great news! Planned home births have increased 20% in the last four years, as reported in this AP article based on a recent study. The online journal the study was reported in originally is a very good one, publishing articles that question routine c-sections for breech deliveries, and having my friend the very smart birth scholar Eugene Declercq on its editorial board.

But, really, the AP article is terrible–this is put down as just part of a “natural birth subculture”? Can they possibly be more derisive? Also, aggravatingly, this article includes clauses like, “[e]xactly how unsafe home births are is a matter of medical controversy”; it’s fine to report both sides of the story, but couldn’t they have turned this around, and paired the word “safe” with “home births,” even in the context of “controversy”?

So, good news, bad news, I guess.

–Christina

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  • 1. JMT  |  20 May 2011 at 8:11 am

    Yeah, that article is ridiculously condescending. The race verbiage is really tone-deaf too.

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