I think I have to get this book. It’s called Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank By Randi Hutter Epstein. The author was recently interviewed on “Fresh Air” from NPR and I had a chance today to read the excerpt (linked above) and listen to the interview. Although her bit about Eve was a little too matter of fact for me (did that really happen- the whole rib, and apple thing?) it seems like an interesting and intriguing book worth a read for all interested in birth. We need to know the history because if we don’t know where we’ve been, then we don’t know where we’re going-right?
As I continue to read through the evidenced-based maternity report, I am more and more convinced that moving towards midwifery based care and free-standing birthing centers could be the answer to many of our country’s healthcare woes. Charges for childbirth vary considerably depending on the type and place of birth. “The average hospital charge in 2005 ranged from about $7,000 for an uncomplicated vaginal birth to about $16,000 for a complicated cesarean section, yet out-of-hospital birth centers were about one-quarter of the charges of uncomplicated vaginal birth in hospitals ($1,624 in 2003, when the national average charge for uncomplicated vaginal birth in hospitals was $6,239) three-quarters of the expense concentrated in the hospital stay.”
This is great!
A quiz. We all know we love quizzes. Well here is the ultimate quiz brought to you by the American College of Nurse Midwives. : ) If you have recently found out you are pregnant, you should definitely take this quiz! Who Should Assist You With Your Birth Quiz
The Health Day Reporter posted an article today citing statistics from the report: Born A Bit Too Early: Recent Trends in Late Preterm Births, issued by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, stating that “The percentage of babies born preterm in the United States rose by more than 20 percent from 1990 to 2006, most delivered at the end of the preterm period, federal health officials report.”
Wow! Did you hear this? A 23 year old woman from Minnesota broadcasted her labor and delivery on the internet. Thousands of people signed up to watch the 7 hour labor. She even ‘chatted’ with many of the viewers until things got too intense! Oh, and this was a midwife assisted birth! YAY! This is believed to be a first. It’s so hard to believe that just 40 years ago, the dad was typically not allowed in the room during a hospital birth, and now this……amazing. Here’s the recap– in her own words.
Joy and Jeff Szabo will need to be separated by 300 miles, and most likely he won’t be at the birth of their child. Neither Jeff or Joy is in the military. The Szabo’s live in a town whose hospital has decided to ban VBAC. (Vaginal Delivery after C-Section) This town is PAGE, ARIZONA. (sorry, had to put it in caps as a warning) but it could also be basically the entire southern half of New Mexico, and half the other places around the country. Joy has had a successful VBAC already at this same hospital. Joy was threatened with a court order, by the hospital’s CEO if she attempted to enter that hospital and refuse a c-section. Although grateful for the c-section that saved her son Michael’s life, she refused to be forced to have a c-section and has instead elected to deliver vaginally at a hospital 300 miles away.