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January 24, 2010


Toronto Hypnotherapy

I visited your website, the information which you have shared in your site is very much standard and presentation of pages is very legible.

Susan Peterson

I found this amusing because when I was a general medical nurse, with mostly geriatric patients, falls and choking were serious concerns. One did wind up looking at any patient walking around independently as engaging in a risky activity!


I'm pleased to see someone expressing concern with the "medical hysteria" that is so prevalent in our society. Great blog.


and perhaps people would consider distance from a hospital a factor when choosing where to dine. Love this.


Why are they stamping out infant mortality but not worried at ALL about death from circumcision, which is a number bigger than choking (even just the "official" numbers and they tend to code circumcision deaths as other things see: http://www.drmomma.org/2010/05/death-from-circumcision.html )

So why is it that female circumcision is "barbaric" and illegal, male circumcision has no medical benefits but is a "personal decision for parents", and women who chose to birth at home are "horrible mothers who are endangering their baby for no reason"


It makes me so angry


This is a great thought! It amazes me how mis-prioritized we are over certain dangers. Some of the most dangerous things in our lives are commonplace and often performed without a reduction of risk (how many people rearface past 1 year, or even TO one year?) and then things that have a very low risk such as dying randomly of measles, are focused on by a majority of parents.


Great to see more people advocating birth rights and freedom.

Just a little observation/hint in the best of intentions, your blog statement says you are "trying to spread the message" but the use of that language is a bit weak because you are spreading it!

You are not "trying" you are spreading the message mama!
I don't even know who you are and here I am, you showed up on my news feed through a friend of a friend on facebook! Rejoice!

So instead of saying "trying to spread the message that birth is empowering" you could affirm that "I am spreading the message that birth is empowering"

I think removing the word "trying" from our vocabularies IS empowering. Because you either are doing something or not doing something, there is no in between.
To basically to try is to not do.

Bob Nielson

I consider this a basic failure at understanding statistics and risk. It is OK, even doctors have a hard time understanding statistical trails and the mathematics required to make fact based decisions. So I don't blame you for your beliefs, but at the same time, they are woefully misguided.

It is your choice to do this, and spread the message. I believe in birth rights and you can do whatever you want and so can everyone else. But there are risks and they are real. My sister in law lost a child that she never would have lost if she were birthing in a hospital. It isn't medical hysteria, as one commenter said, it is sound logic.

Hospitals suck, birthing at home is magical, yada, yada. We take risks every day. At the same time we also generally wear seat belts? Why take the risk. Why use really poor analogies that are almost ridiculous to even rudimentary logical scrutiny. Admit it is YOUR choice and stop lying to yourself, and the rest of the world, about the risk.


Bob, my parents also lost a child, she drowned in a swimming pool, and yet our family still swims. The point is that there is risk to everything, and birthing in a hospital does not eliminate risk. In fact, recent studies show that birthing in a hospital, in certain cases, can increase risk. Please see, http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/166/3/315.


Island Mama, great point! I think I wrote trying because I was so overwhelmed by the enormity of the task we have when I began. Now I am usually able to focus on my mantra, one birth at a time. Definitely need to remove the trying. Might take me a minute though :).


Kat, the link didn't work for me. Could you post it again? Very good counter to Bob Neilson. :)


Try this link, it is a link to resources from The Big Push, the campaign to license CPMs in all 50 states (and DC!), http://www.thebigpushformidwives.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/home.showpage/pageID/45/index.htm . It has several great studies on out of hospital birth.

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