Apgar Wars ~ 6th in series: Effects of repeated negative reports on attitudes of medical professionals & the public

by faithgibson September 24, 2013

I am sad to report that the vast majority of medical professionals  have moved past questioning the verasity of ACOG’s high-profile anti-PHB studies. Regrettably, this includes the many physicians who are directly knowledgable about midwifery in general, supportive of both nurse-midwives and “other” midwives and OOH childbirth services, and also sympathetic to a childbearing woman’s right to […]

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Apgar Wars ~ 5th in series: The Consensus of the scientific literature support relative safety of PHB

by faithgibson September 23, 2013

Since the early 1970s, over a hundred peer-reviewed studies on the comparative safety PHB have been published. During this 43-year period of time, some of these studies were large, some small, some very good, others not so good. We would all like to live in a world where none was the number of newborns that died just before or after […]

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Apgar Wars ~ 4th in series: Questions about study’s data — the positive as well as the negative data

by faithgibson September 22, 2013

Last week Medscape’s posted research by Dr. Amos Grunebaum, Chief of L&D New York-Presbyterian and associate professor at Weill medical College of Cornel University, NYC and his co-author, Dr. Frank Chervenak, director of Maternal-fetal medicine @New York-Presbyterian, who also was an associate professor at the Weill medical College of Cornel University. These two heavy-hitters used […]

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Apgar Wars ~ Best headline for AJOG’s article: “Midwife-attended hospital birth nearly two times safer than OB-attended hospital birth” – 3rd in series

by faithgibson September 20, 2013

If the obstetrician-authors of this AJOG article had not been so obsessed with their political agenda, the headline of their paper would logically (but still hyperbolically!) read:  “Midwife-attended hospital birth nearly two times safer than OB-attended hospital birth“ The reported incidence of critically low 5-min Apgars for hospital midwives is one out of 11,745, while it is one out of 6,496 for […]

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Apgar Wars ~ Birth Center outcomes same as Hospitals — studies do NOT support claimed increase in Zero 5-min Scores ~ 2nd in series

by faithgibson September 19, 2013

In the obstetrical profession’s Hundred Year War against “other” midwives and OOH birth setting, the newest battle is over Apgars Scores. However a number of studies on free-standing (or ‘independent’) birth center do NOT report differences in critically low Apgars scores compared to hospital, as claimed the the co-author of the AJOG study.  In light of […]

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