Not that I’m voting Republican, but I am curious to know anything about Sarah Palin. Who is this woman and how did she secure the VP slot on the Republican ticket? Here are my guesses: (1) She’s such a nobody that when McCain loses, no Republican with a political future would be sacrificed and (2) Should McCain/Palin pull out a win, they have Alaskan Oil in their pockets. But I digress – read this post at Jezebel about Sarah Palin’s brand of feminism. I don’t mean to be polemic, and well, when you hear it enough times, it ceases to be polemic and looks more like the down-low on shadiness.
Researchers from the University of Connecticut released a study which looked at the relationship between cesarean rates and malpractice rates.
“When I compared the malpractice rates to cesarean delivery rates prior to 1999, both were declining at a similar rate,” says Spencer. From 1999 to 2005, however, both were increasing. “I can’t say one led to the other or visa versa,” he says, but he speculates that rising medical malpractice rates are driving up cesarean delivery rates. “With our data, we cannot prove a causation but only suggest an association.”
An insightful read from the UK, especially:
“Since the 1970s, the medicalisation of childbirth has been a hot topic for obstetricians, midwives and feminists. There exists in maternity services a clear division between the interventionists, typically headed by the obstetricians, and those, such as midwives, who favour a low-intervention approach. Caught in the middle are the women giving birth. Those who opt for high-tech hospital births are condemned for giving in to unnatural patriarchal models of healthcare and betraying the sisterhood. Those who eschew medical and technological assistance are deemed irresponsible and reckless. They can’t win.”
No, we can’t seem to win, especially those of us who have already been cut once. To put our babies through a “trial of labor” is considered irresponsible and reckless at best by a growing majority of care providers and the general public.
And finally, I’ve never liked Dr. Phil. I’ve watched enough of him on TV at various times in his career to know that he has nothing new to add to my knowledge base. I find him to be a subversive character – wish I could remember the exact moment I decided that, but it was many years back and had something to do with him blaming a wife (in front of her husband) for their marital distress. I don’t know who was at fault, but Phil pinned the whole thing on the wife and was using this icky patronizing tone. Ick.
Over at Inspired Mama I came across this post – Dr. Phil is asking for homebirth disaster stories. <sigh> I’m reproducing it below so you don’t HAVE to click on the link unless you want to go to the horse’s ass, I mean, mouth. (Keep in mind that when you click active links it raises their “rating” in search engines. Click at your own risk.)
DO YOU REGRET HAVING A HOMEBIRTH?
Did you have a child at your home?
Did you want to have a soothing experience where you were in control and could bond with your child?
Did it not go the way you planned?
Do you regret having a home birth?
Do you regret using a midwife instead of going to a hospital?
Did you have your second child the traditional way in a hospital?
If you or someone you know regrets having a home birth please tell us your story below.
Be sure to be specific and include details!
Here’s an idea – instead I recommend flooding the Dr. Phil show with letters about how wonderful homebirth can be, how difficult VBACs can be to achieve within a hospital environment, and how the current maternity system ruins natural childbirth.
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