Business of being born

Some doctors are apparently inducing labor and performing C-sections on request for patient preference or so-called designer births. Midwives are wonderful. Obstetric care in America can certainly be improved. Shares Tagged in: "The Business of Being Born"childbirthhome birthhospitalsmidwivesmoviesobstetrics Posted by Harriet Hall Harriet Hall, MD also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices.

Midwives suggest that if women were allowed to ambulate, to deliver squatting rather than supine, and to avoid certain interventions like epidurals and fetal monitoring, some C-sections could be avoided. Again, the American legal system must bear part of the blame.

We are doing too many C-sections.

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There are many unanswered questions about how to achieve the best outcomes for babies and mothers. She retired with the rank of Colonel. The film begins by pointing out that 70 percent of births in Europe and Japan are supervised by midwives—versus around 5 percent in the U.

The perception of the size of that risk and its acceptability boils down to personal attitudes and risk-taking behaviors.

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Perhaps the most damning testimony in the film comes from med students and obstetric nurses, who express their skepticism about home births, before admitting they've never witnessed one, or been given any information about them as part of their medical training. There is also no reason midwives could not deliver most babies within the hospital in a patient-friendly homelike environment with expert emergency backup right next door. Normal birth is not a medical problem, but it can turn into a life-threatening medical problem with no advance warning. I delivered over babies as a family physician. The Business Of Being Born is more propaganda than cinema, and at an hour and a half, its exhaustiveness diminishes its impact. Safety is going to vary with training, patient selection, and circumstances like geographical constraints. Highly-paid obstetrical expertise is not needed for most births. The film begins by pointing out that 70 percent of births in Europe and Japan are supervised by midwives—versus around 5 percent in the U. But the medical establishment would argue that a hospital is the safest place to give birth because if something goes wrong, speed is essential. In 95 percent of births in the United States took place at home. Again, the American legal system must bear part of the blame.

We stopped shaving the perineum and giving enemas a long time ago. When I was an intern, episiotomies were standard practice.

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