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Charlotte Church and Ricki Lake?

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What do they have in common?  They have both been singled out by the medical community as influencing women to have homebirths.  The difference?  While Ricki Lake was raked across the coals by the AMA and ACOG, Charlotte Church is being upheld as a role model.  In fact, the Welsh Assembly Government had a goal to INCREASE home births by 10%.  Welsh homebirths have, in fact, increased 25%! 

Isn’t it interesting that while American medical groups are making resolutions to outlaw homebirths, their peer group across the Atlantic are trying to increase homebirths?  And isn’t it interesting which countries have the best outcomes?  Did you know a mom or baby is more likely to die in childbirth in the US than in Europe (or even Havana!)?  

Doesn’t the AMA have bigger issues than the 1% of US babies born at home?

Ruffled Feathers

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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?