This material was developed for investigative journalists & future historians Creating a Factual Foundation: To understand normal childbirth, and recognize what circumstances keeps it safe and what makes it dangerous in modern society To acknowledge the original purpose of obstetrics, which was to provide medical treatments and surgical procedures to women with life-threatening complications of […]

Patient Rights ~ Parental Decision-Making In the long and bitter obstetrical controversy over midwife-attended OOH/PHB, the unacknowledged role of parental decision-making is virtually ignored. It is unacknowledged in studies conducted by the American obstetrical profession. From the standpoint of science, this illogical. In addition, this oversight is detrimental to families and midwives alike.    The […]

Historical and contemporary comments by physicians about midwives ~ 1820 to 2014

by faithgibson August 8, 2016

This material was first posted in daily segments over the first 12 days of April 2016. However, several readers asked that I post a single link so they can scroll through the chronological comments without having to hunt through many different posts. So here is Part 1: “Historical and contemporary comments by physicians about midwives ~ 1820 […]

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A good birth experience is more than the baby being delivered alive (UK newspaper article)

by faithgibson July 19, 2016

Reposted from:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/16/good-birth-experience-baby-alive-mumsnet  Last modified on Thursday 22 May 2014 02.21 EDT The Guardian Joanna Moorhead The charity Birthrights is calling for a reappraisal of how we judge a successful birth: no longer should it be merely about physical health, but psychological health as well. Listen to any group of new parents talking about their birth experience, […]

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Links ~ Two provocative articles on the relative safety of PHB, the issue of “statistical significance” & informed consent

by faithgibson July 15, 2016

1) Understanding issue of “statistical significance” in studies of PHB safety ~ Using a prospective study published in 2005 comparing midwife-attended OOH birth, midwife-attended hospital birth, and hospital-attended MD births — all for the same low-risk category of childbearing women . . . 2) My conclusions and recommendations ~ An expanded informed consent that included absolute as well as […]

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