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 […]

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, […]

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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Risk-benefits of each Place-of-Birth is the proper focus of inquiry & discussion

by faithgibson July 4, 2016

HEADLINE NEWS ~ Planned places-of-birth — hospitals, independent birth centers and planned home births — are all associated with some increased risks of morbidity and mortality in healthy women with normal pregnancies when compared to the outcomes achieved in each of these other settings. The logical response to these facts is to acknowledge the problem and […]

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The Bigger Picture: EFM, Iatrogenic & nosocomial complications, etc

by faithgibson May 16, 2016

The Bigger Picture ~ Part II of  “Risk-benefits of each Place-of-Birth — not PHB ‘dangers’ — is proper focus of inquiry & discussion” The twin problems described in my last post {LINK} reflect on a true but troublesome reality — that no system is perfect, whether we are speaking of governments and commerce on a […]

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