by faithgibson on August 1, 2012


Our 50th wedding anniversary (left to right) ~ My son Todd, eldest daughter Shawn, husband Richard, me, and youngest daughter Holly

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History, Theory, & Practice of Auscultation

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Ending the inappropriate and ineffective use of continuous EFM as the standard of care in the US for healthy women with normal pregnancies
Easy-to-share Link to Part 1 ~

♣ Establishing auscultation as the science-based standard for
healthy childbearing women with low-risk pregnancies

Reading opportunities
for inquiring minds

1. Time-traveler’s Perspective on Normal Childbirth
faith gibson, LM,  Journal BIRTH Sept 2011


2. How Normal Childbirth Was Trapped
on the Wrong Side of History:

The Perfect storm that turned healthy childbearing women
into the patients of a surgical specialty and
normal childbirth into a surgical procedure
~ the last and most unimportant
UNTOLD story of the 20th century ~ 

3: The False Association btw Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring & increased use of Cesarean surgery as a strategy for preventing cerebral palsy & reducing malpractice lawsuits against doctors & hospitals
~ Intro & Overview
  of a 7-part Series

C-EFMIntermittent Auscultation

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4. The Economic Story of American Hospitals:

The invention of elective hospitalization in 1914, which
created the
economic engine for our private &
corporate-owned American hospital system

5. The original Source Material for the economic story
of the 
for-profit American hospital system
in the 20th & 21st-century

Overview & links to original 8 chapters
of Dr. Williams’s Historic 1914 book:
Twilight Sleep:
Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth

Dr. J. Whitridge Williams, Gynecological Surgeon, John Hopkins, 1893-1898; Chief of Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins, 1899-1911; Dean, John Hopkins Medical School, 1911-1923; b. 1866, d. 1929

6. PDF link –> Man-Midwives ~The Historical Tension
Between Midwifery and Obstetrics During the 20th century

7. ~ VBAC as a core issue & example US dysfunction maternity care
(including hx of obstetrics & gynecology in
American as a new surgical specialty)

External suturing the Cesarean incision after the surgeon lifted the incised uterus up and out of the abdomen to sit on the mother’s external abdominal skin

 Faith’s Websites:

American College of Community Midwives
California College of Midwives 
Garden Party Patriotism

~ Faith’s 5-part Video on Mfry Licensing 
Interviewed by Kathi Valeii
(“Birth Anarchist” webwife)

~ Other Interesting Links to Hx or Unusual Documents

The story I hate to tell & no one should ever have to hear::
the dark history of obstetrics
overview (part 1 of 7)

Historical Overview: How the ‘wrong use’ of obstetrics came to be
the standard of care for healthy women in the US in 1910

NYT OpEd by Amy Tuteur  May 2, 2016  







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