Economic Issue$

The physiological management of normal birth has always identified by a consensus of the scientific literature as the safest and most economical form of maternity care for healthy women. It is the one used by those countries with the best maternal-infant outcomes. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary defines physiological as: “ accord with or characteristic of the […]

Text from Huffington Post — photos added LINK to original post –> 05/02/2017 09:57 pm ET Ask anyone, as I have, in a range of health care and academic settings: why are Cesarean section (C-section) rates so high in middle- and high-income countries? You’re likely to hear that “women demand it.” It turns out that this […]

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 Problem w/ Using Place-of-Birth as Proxy for Style of Intrapartum Management

by faithgibson May 11, 2016

Originally posted Monday, June 28, 2010 ~ The Problem with Using Place of Birth as Proxy for Style of Intrapartum Management  faith gibson, LM, CPM June 28, 2010 MANY MEDICAL AND MIDWIFERY PROFESSIONALS, as well as birth activists and consumers, confuse birth setting (hosp. vs. OOH) with intrapartum management style or may use these […]

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How safe are home births for mothers? Eugene Declercq, professor Boston University School Public Health

by faithgibson January 21, 2016

How safe are home births for mothers? By Eugene Declercq Reposted from CNN website – Monday, January 18, 2016 {also birthday of my first baby, a daughter born in the backseat of our family car in 1964, in my attempt to get to the hospital too late for them to use many of the same […]

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