I’m sure most of you know about the AMA resolution already. Quick sum-up: the medical trade organization has joined with ACOG to pursue legislation for “safe birth.” Safe birth, of course, being birth supervised by a doctor. The funny part is that the resolution targets Ricki Lake for daring to discuss her homebirth on the Today show. So Ricki has responded and I wanted to link the article.
I’m really sick of reading homebirth debates. Same old anecdotes, statistics, ignorance being tossed about. The discussion should be about choice. And it isn’t like families are choosing homebirth in droves! We’re talking about a small segment of the population. Shouldn’t the AMA be worrying about cancer, insurance, MSRA, or some other big fish? It is really amusing that the AMA/ACOG is so ruffled about midwives.
ETA: Today the AMA voted to remove references to Ricki Lake from their resolution. I guess they didn’t think anyone was paying attention?