So what’s the stink?
The AMA has proposed a resolution re: home deliveries in light of Lake’s The Business of Being Born documentary. Of course their position is that all deliveries should take place in a hospital. They need to protect their billion dollar business, but in a time when US C-section rates are more than twice what the WHO would suggest is acceptable for any country, the AMA (and all doctors) need to do a better job. The US has some of the highest infant and mother mortality rates in the developed world. Even honest doctors will tell you that vaginal delivery is safer than a c-section, yet in this resolution they fail to recognize their impact on the rising c-section rates. Yet, these same doctors follow their drugged up, make it home by dinner model of childbirth… strapping women to beds thanks to IVs and excessive fetal monitoring.
Yet here we are with the AMA saying that home births are unsafe and all women should birth in hospitals (or birthing center attached to a hospital). As I have stated before, I do not believe in the scare tactics of the AMA and its doctors. They are out to protect their self-interest. Well, guess what AMA? I am out to protect my interests and those of my child.
The resolution also states the safest location post-partum is in a hospital. Guess what? People die in the hospital too. People like Liz. Seemingly healthy women. Maybe the AMA figures other countries are getting it wrong?
I birthed my son in Germany. I could have had him at home, but I decided against it. At the time, I was anxious, in a new country, and unsure of what it would be like. I did a lot of research, but not enough on home birth. Anyway, point is, are the Germans getting it wrong? I was released from the hospital less than 10 hours after my son’s birth. Sure, I could have stayed three or four or five days, but there was no need.
And THEN… as if the birthing situation weren’t interrupted enough in the hospital, they are setting women up for failure when it comes to breastfeeding. The CDC has published data that shows that hospitals are not doing the basic things to help mothers be succesful at breastfeeding! The worst offenders?
Seven southern states Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia also had the lowest percentages (less than 30 percent) of children who were breastfed for 6 months, according to the 2006 National Immunization Survey.
I really don’t think I want another child, but seeing the data confirms that I would not have a hospital birth for a low-risk pregnancy in this state (Oklahoma).
It seems to me if the AMA wants to push their agenda, they need to change their model, but because we know they are not changing their model, we need to make our own informed decisions regarding how we birth our babies. If you arm yourself with information and still chose a hospital birth, that is your choice, and no one can honestly fault you for that, but if you follow the model without informing yourself… well… that is a problem.
EDIT: I will be updating this post with links to other well thought out posts on this subject. Keep checking back!