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We did have a discussion about this when it came out... *I think* I too feel bad for the couple that lost their baby but it's not something that doesn't happen in the hospital too... I *think* that Ina May Gaskin is trying to get on the show to do a whole rebuttal thing, which I think would be a good idea for the home birthing side of things.
I completely agree. that it's biased, when they don't have news stories about hospital birth deaths, etc. I hate how everyone who is against HBs because they believe a doctor is required and that's the only way to have a baby with a Dr. in a hospital (I grew up with that "belief" because I didn't know better, didn't do any research, but I'm so glad I educated myself and had a homebirth, why can't these who are so against it do the same and experience it??? I bet they would change their mind ) I do know that if I would have been in labor for over 2 days my MW would have transferred me, that's usually what they do. due to lack of energy for being in labor for so long, I think the biggest reason they transfer for but those mom's ended up with a vaginal birth, just needed an epidural or something to relax them so they could sleep to regain energy.
I did watch this clip when it was originally posted. I sorta have mixed feelings about it. The way homebirth was portrayed upset me a lot and wasn't fair of course, but the actual story of the couple kind of disturbed me a little. First of all their midwife (can't remember her name) is the one from The Business of Being Born and honestly something about her bothered me when I watched it. I couldn't put my finger on it..a vibe or something, but I just knew I personally wouldn't use her. After I watched the Today Show clip I did a google search on her and some interesting articles pulled up. One was actually talking about how she's a great midwife, but it seems she often takes unnecessary risks and that the people of St. Vincents in NY get really angry with her because she uses them as her dumping ground.
When I orginally met my midwife to do the consult I asked her about losing babies, etc and she said she's had one loss and it was due to a mother refusing to transfer. She said she takes no risks whatsoever and she's been a midwife 28 years and has delivered thousands of babies. I do not see her letting me labor for 4 days and being ok with it. I had to sign papers saying I would transfer if she says I have to and I am perfectly fine with that. So..I don't know I would like to hear more about the story with the couple in NY. I feel so horrible that they lost their child I can't even imagine. If though I thought my midwife was taking risks with me I think I would take myself to the hospital.