February 2013

Synopsis of comments about this article by Linda B, a retired midwife, who originally posted this link on a California midwives’ email group: Because…there are fewer vaginal deliveries…. because we put more scars on more uteri… because just doing that increases the risk of mothers dying of a placenta accretas or percreta (most sever form […]

Link to full report –> http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/deadlydeliveryoneyear.pdf May 7, 2011 The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA One Year Update, Spring 2011 On March 12, 2010, Amnesty International issued a report entitled Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA, which documented that although the United States spends more on health care than […]

Fetal Monitoring Often Tips Scales Toward Cesarean

by faithgibson February 14, 2013

By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today Prologue from website administrator (faith gibson 😉 After all the depressing reports on the routine use of continuous EFM (it doesn’t improve outcomes), it seems odd that this author is looking for strategies to optimize the benefits of electronic fetal monitoring. This report basically confirmed the 11 previous studies that […]

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The Obstetrical Escape Clause: explaining ‘when in doubt, cut it out’ & how it came about

by faithgibson February 5, 2013

Reposted from 1998 article on www.NormalBirth.org ~ the unintended consequences of promises that couldn’t be kept: ‘When in doubt, cut it out’ is a phrase coined and frequently used by contemporary obstetricians. As a policy, it is a hedge against litigation. It pairs the obstetrician’s safety to the performance of a cesarean. The expression describes […]

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The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America’s Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing

by faithgibson February 3, 2013

Excerpt from the book “Measure of a Nation” by Howard Steven Friedman A key goal in Measure of a Nation is to compare the United States to other wealthy countries, with the idea being to identify which countries are performing the best in each area of interest: health, safety, democracy, education and equality. In each of those […]

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