Assault on Midwives

Why are people so threatened by choices of others that they feel they must take away that choice for everyone? This time the assault is on midwives and doctors that work with them.

This all started because of a baby that died in the womb due to having a three chambered heart, which could not be repaired. The family wanted to have the baby at home and while they were getting ready, the midwife checked for the baby’s heart beat, numerous times. She called the doctor and he told her they needed to go to the hospital to have the death confirmed. That’s when their troubles began, even though they have worked well with this particular hospital numerous times before.

The doctor that worked with the midwife had charges brought against him by the OB charge nurse. The board told him that if he has anything to do with midwives, they will take action to have his license revoked.

Then there’s the behavior of the OB charge nurse, the same nurse that brought charges against the doctor. He was talking on his cell phone while the woman was going through her labor pains. Even in the best of circumstances, who would want that? He got irate when the midwife asked him to leave, and got worse when the mother had to stop pushing and ask him louldy to take that into the hall. He got even angrier, stomping around before he left. Make sure you go to the link in this paragraph and read the post because it has details I left out.

There is some concern about how exaggerated this report was, since the doctor in this case is well-respected, and it seems the board was out of line. This midwife may also have been reported to a couple of boards that had restrained her and took her to court some years ago. They might do that again, which means they might make mid-wifery illegal, since they were unsuccessful in their efforts last time.

Adding insult to injury, here is one hospital’s policy:

I was also told yesterday by another midwife, that St. Joseph’s stated policy is that if a woman comes into the hospital in labor without an attending physician, their policy is that she must have an automatic cesarean. No matter the reason for being there – it is an automatic cesarean. Period.”

That’s outrageous!! Basically they are saying that if you don’t do things the way we think they should be done, we will punish you by doing a C-section which is the most expensive way to birth and also takes a long recovery time, not to mention the scarring that occurs that could interfere with having any more children.

Wow-how does that match up with the description on their website:

“Babykind believes in a caring family-focused program with one-on-one instruction, newborn classes and an extensive video library. We encourage the entire family to participate in the care of the baby with hands-on demonstrations. The staff at Babykind are experienced and committed to the health and comfort for you and your new baby.”?

I looked on their website to see if I could find their automatic C-section policy, and of course that was nowhere to be found.

Ultimately, this is about control-whether you agree with midwives or not, home birthing or not, why is it that every time someone chooses a health care option away from the mainstream options, those in the mainstream want to punish the people and take away the options?

And people wonder why I have such a low opinion of the mainstream so-called medical profession…

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. notfromaroundhere
    Sep 12, 2007 @ 01:21:57

    For an eye-opening view on the tension between MDs and midwives read “Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born” by Tina Cassidy. It was only in the last century that midwives were pushed out of the process and she makes some compelling arguments why we should fight to reverse this trend!


  2. titus2woman
    Sep 12, 2007 @ 01:37:07

    We are on the same page, my friend. How sad. (((((HUGS))))) sandi


  3. edwardgel
    Sep 12, 2007 @ 01:56:42

    This is truly descrimination. Before allophathic medicine everyone had their children at home. We must fight for the right, not to be forced into mainstream pharmacology. My best friend just had her baby 2 weeks ago at home. Her first childs birth was strenuous and intensive at the age of 40. Despite everyone around her negating her privilege to have her baby at home, she had no complications. She said that the only thing that made it scary was all of those voices that somehow got the best of her during her labor, which said “You are crazy” “don’t you love your child, why would you put your child under these circumstances” This type of cynicism is what we must face. We must make it our duty to educate the mainstream.


  4. shakingthetree
    Sep 12, 2007 @ 08:58:59

    I have been party to this issue for most of my life as my mother is a CNM who has deliverd something like 2,500+ babies over her 25+ year career.

    One thing that makes me insane is the notion that midwives are so “alternative” that they only deliver at home, which leads to further misconceptions about their methods and training.

    CNMs differ from traditional OBGYNs in that their focus is more positive/preventative/wholistic than what is often found in mainstream Western medicince. Additionally, midwife does not unequivocally equal homebirth.

    I wonder if the entire argument is some sort of mysogeny… or just “mysunderstanding.”


  5. Punky
    Sep 13, 2007 @ 01:54:47

    Do not despair==God is still in control. My prayers and encouragement are with you! Punky


  6. abrianna
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 09:48:31

    Thanks everyone for the comments.


    I know that midwives are not limited to home births, and they do deliver in hospitals. If hopsitals in Kansas or other states exhibit this hostility, I can see a day coming where midwives won’t want to do hospital births. And, who could blame them?

    Yes I know God is in control, but he also acts through his people. If His people don’t know there is a need, then they can not act.

    Remember, this is about having freedom of choice-not just about midwives.


  7. titus2woman
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 11:12:28

    “Remember, this is about having freedom of choice-not just about midwives.”

    This sums it up PERFECTLY for me. We birthed all four of our children at home with a WONDERFUL midwife, and I cannot imagine having that right stripped away from me. The law is already very tough on this issue as it is, and I fear it’s keeping more midwives from practicing. (((((HUGS))))) sandi


  8. Tonya
    Sep 19, 2007 @ 05:53:24

    hi! i am the woman in the above article and i SO appreciate the support from other women as well as those i know around me!!! tomorrow, my husband, dave, our midwife and her husband will be going to this hospital to visit w/ an administrator about all of this. our appt. is at 11am…we covet your intense praying at this time to soften any hearts that need softening and open minds on both of our parts…also be praying for the OB charge nurse’s salvation…obviously he doesn’t understand the Lord’s ways… thank you.


  9. abrianna
    Sep 19, 2007 @ 09:30:54


    Do let us know how the meeting goes.


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