Monday, June 23, 2008

Let’s Put Mothers in Jail..

...or at least those who don't give birth the approved way.

Once again people are trying to get the government all up in people’s business.

This time it’s the AMA (American ‘Medical’ Association). This really not a surprise since over the years they have tried to monopolize every aspect of health care. They are constantly trying to have laws passed to regulate or outlaw alternative medical care. Everything from chiropractic care to acupuncture to vitamin supplements to Naturopathic doctors. Anything they can’t make a buck on must be done away with or at least discredited by them.

Heaven forbid someone try to heal or prevent a medical condition naturally. I mean who wouldn’t want to take one of those prescription drugs you see advertised on TV with 200 side-effects listed at the end of the commercial. Seriously hair-loss, impotence and fat gain seems like a fair trade-off to get rid of your heartburn.
Or the risk of picking up a staph infection that is antibiotic resistant just so you can have back surgery that may or may not actually work is well worth it.

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that hospitals and prescription drugs are perfectly safe ( there are 195,000-280,000 preventable deaths per year in US hospitals and 110,000-200,000 deaths from prescription drugs) And let’s assume that alternative medicine is a crock. SO WHAT?! When did the State become the Nanny of everyone? What gives them a right to boss everyone around? (Other than them owning tons of really big weapons) If someone wants to use Eye of Newt to treat their cancer instead of chemotherapy and radiation, so what? That is their business.

We still use prescription drugs when absolutely needed - after trying other methods first. For example I had Lyme disease 7 years ago. So I took an antibiotic. If Sam deservedly whacked me in the head and I needed stitches, I'd go to the emergency room - well after trying my staple gun and Super Glue first.

So I'm not 100% against using conventional medical procedures but they are last resorts.

Of our 11 kids, 1 has been born in a hospital. That was Alex our first child. It was a big pain in the rear end. We were ready to leave an hour after she was born but the Nazi's wouldn't let us leave. After 6 hours I found a wheelchair and put Sam and the baby in it and then they finally took us seriously. It was like being in jail - and I should know;) After that we realized that hospitals are for sick people (maybe) and pregnancy isn't a disease - although it is chronic with us :)

The next 10 were delivered by midwifes. 8 at home and 2 in their birthing rooms because of commie health insurance. Every one of the births has been a better experience than that first one in the hospital. Hopefully Sam will post some day on the joys of home births...if you can use the word joy in the same sentence as giving birth.

The care is incredible. You have a Certified Nurse Midwife and Birth Assistant (a RN) at constant attention. They are 100% there for you. They don't have patients in another hospital room to worry about. They come early when your labor begins and stay until well after the birth and everyone is well. They even clean-up the house and do the laundry.

Sam loves giving birth in her very own bed and being able to have the kids see the baby just minutes old. They usually stay at my mom's house down the road. They even get to cut the cord. Sam also gets to have her sister there to help her out and me and my limited man-help. "I don't know nothing about birthing no babies".

As for people who have hospital births, that’s fine too. Do whatever you want. I really couldn’t careless what anyone else does. Just do me a favor and don’t tell us what to do with our lives. Just like how many kids we have is none of your business so where we choose to birth them is none of your business.

It costing less (no hospital fee) is just the icing on the cake.

Plus home birthed kids are much smarter...just kidding Alex.

From The Big Push for Midwives

Father Knows Best Meets Big Brother Is Watching
Physician Group Seeks to Outlaw Home BirthIs Jail for Moms Next?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2008)Just in time for Father's Day, at its annual meeting last weekend, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution to introduce legislation outlawing home birth, and potentially making criminals of the mothers who choose home birth with the help of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) for their families.

"It's unclear what penalties the AMA will seek to impose on women who choose to give birth at home, either for religious, cultural or financial reasons or just because they didn't make it to the hospital in time," said Susan Jenkins, Legal Counsel for The Big Push for Midwives 2008 campaign. "What we do know, however, is that any state that enacts such a law will immediately find itself in court, since a law dictating where a woman must give birth would be a clear violation of fundamental rights to privacy and other freedoms currently protected by the U.S. Constitution."

Until the AMA proposed 'Resolution 205 on Home Deliveries,' no state had considered legislation forcing women to deliver their babies in the hospital or limiting the choice of birth setting. Instead, states have regulated the types of midwives that may legally provide care. Currently, 22 states already license and regulate CPMs, who specialize in out-of-hospital maternity care and have received extensive training to qualify as experts in the types of risk assessment and preventive care necessary for safe and highquality care for women who choose give birth at home. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs), who are trained primarily as hospital-based providers, are licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The resolution did not offer any science-based information for the AMA's anti-midwife or anti-home birth position.

"Maternity care is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States," said Steff Hedenkamp, Communications Coordinator for The Big Push for Midwives. "So it's no surprise to see the AMA join the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in its ongoing fight to corner the market and ensure that the only midwives able to practice legally are hospital-based midwives forced to practice under physician control. I will say, though, that I'm shocked to learn that the AMA is taking this turf battle to the next level by setting the stage for outlawing home birth itselfa direct attack on those families who choose home birth, who could be subject to criminal prosecution if the AMA has its way."

The Big Push for Midwives is a nationally coordinated campaign organized to advocate for regulation and licensure of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and to push back against the attempts of the American Medical Association to deny American families access to safe and legal midwifery care.


Anonymous said...

Four of our babies were born at home. Four at the hospital. Our state is not a safe place for midwives and ours left to find a place to practice her art where she was not in personal danger of being jailed. You just can't compare the experience of having a baby at home with having one in the hospital. There is nothing to compare. Home births are the best way to go for most women, but we have all been so brainwashed that we don't have a clue.


Sarah said...

I am glad that you have had such a great experience with home birth. I considered a home birth for my third because after hearing people who had done it, and reading about it it did sound really nice.... no unnecessary intervention, labor at your own pace, push when and how you prefer...etc.... I did not do it (mostly because my husband thought I was going all kookY) If I had, my son would not have survived. I was one of those people whose babies were in true fetal distress, and truely needed an emergency c-section. I thank God every day, that I was in that hospital with that specific doctor who acted so quickly, despite my sobbing and digging my heels in because I felt that I was getting an unnecessary c-section (like all the home0birth advocates talk about) But every doctor agreed after he was born and they even called him a "miracle baby" since he is totally fine and normal even with the total cutting off of oxygen during labor. They got him early enough, and that is why he is ok. Home birth is not for everyone. Just be careful about touting it as the best thing for everyone, because it is not..... it IS a risk. Yes, women have been birtihng babies throughout all of time without hospitals, fetal monitoring, doctors, drugs, etc.... but a lot of babies, and a lot of women died in the process. There is a happy medium. We need doctors/midwives who can use the technology to save moms/babies, not just to get them out quickly, so they can golf. Just my 2 cents..(more like 20 dollars!)

momto5minnies said...

All those medications advertised on TV just make me more turned off to them. Those "potential" side effects seem almost worse than the reason you would be taking the medication in the first place ... yikes!

I think people should have the right to give birth at home. I did not do it, but I think if I was a little more informed I would have. I HATED being in the hospital. I can still recall my husband telling me to stay the extra night so I could sleep. Very little sleep happened and I was just miserable. It did feel like jail :(

I started my career in nursing and had I stayed, I think being a nurse midwife would have been awesome. It makes me sad to see the relationship aspect of care (whether sick or not) missing from our society today. It is rare to have a doctor (as an adult) that you just know well (unless you are really sick).

I could go on, as I am sure you can too ...

Anonymous said...

Holy cow. I can't believe that the AMA would actually be dumb enough to try that. You know me, I'm all about a hospital birth because I'm a paranoid wussy who is currently preggo but that does NOT mean that the gov should be interfering in something like that.

Jen B

Catherine said...

I wanted to comment yesterday on this but hadn't enough time.
In France, we have a good governmental Health insurance. Maybe one of the best in Europe. But it's also very, very DIRECTIVE. During our pregnancy, we have to do one visit /month at the gynecologist + 3 ultrasounds + monthly blood tests.... All those medical acts are obligatory to continue to get our health insurance. That way, they managed to compel people to give birth at the hospital too. I didn't even wonder, it a necessity for all mothers(except in very few cases).
Last time, it was awful for me at the hospital. When we arrived in the night, the midwife told me to go back home, then when we came later, Gabriel was born 20 mns after my arrival. The nightmare, I thought I was going to give birth in the car.They didn't even allow his big sister and brother to come and see Gabriel! They were 11 and 8years old! 5 days of captivity!
We get no more the oppotunity to decide by ourselves,our birth, our body, nothing belong to us anymore, all is decided without our advice, gynecologists used more and more to decide even the date of birth, according to their schedule. They remove a lot of humanity in the act of giving birth. Thanks God, it stays the most beautiful gift, in parents'life.
I think we're just the step after you. Beware not to arrive at our bad model.