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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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Apgar Wars ~ AJOG study claims 10-fold increase in zero Apgar @ 5 min for PHB midwives: Numbers only ~ 1st in series

by faithgibson September 18, 2013

LInk to the original article as posted on Medscape This is the first of series of rebuttal articles by me on this general topic. Today I’m providing a link to the original Medscape version of a journal paper that will be (maybe already is) published in the Am Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) The […]

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Book Review: A Good Birth: Finding the Positive and Profound in Your Childbirth Experience, by Anne Drapkin Lyerly

by faithgibson September 13, 2013

iStockPhoto Better Birth A Good Birth: Finding the Positive and Profound in Your Childbirth Experience. By Anne Drapkin Lyerly. Avery, 288 pages, $26.00. by Susan Hardy What is a “good” birth? UNC’s Anne Lyerly asked 101 women. In medical school, Lyerly had learned that all that mattered in birth was keeping the mother and baby safe. This approach never sat […]

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