Thanks to a vote at the American Medical Association, you personal choice on whether to have a home birth or not might be about to be taken away:
“The American Medical Association has agreed to support proposed legislation that, some physicians say, could make make having a planned birth in one’s home difficult, to virtually impossible.
As of now, no actual legislation has been drawn up, but the AMA has agreed to back a measure called “Resolution 205,” a request to support the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) position that home births are not safe.
“We are against home births, period,” said Gregory Phillips, an ACOG spokesman. ”
So is it safe to have a baby at home? According to many studies and articles, it sure is:
British childbirth expert Sheila Kitzinger states that planned homebirth with an experienced lay midwife has a perinatal mortality rate of 3-4 neonatal deaths per 1000 births, as opposed to 9-10 deaths per 1000 births in the hospital. In a study of births in the Netherlands in 1986, 41,861 women having their first babies in the hospital had a perinatal mortality rate of 20.2. 15,031 having their first at home with a trained midwife had a perinatal mortality rate of 1.5.
Nothing like not allowing a mother or a family to make up her own mind on how she gives birth. Heaven forbid someone makes their own choices in life.
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