ACOG paints its vision for the future of maternity care
And in it are... out-of-hospital midwives. See article here.
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Physician practices in the United States now spend $82,975 per physician per year interacting with payers, according to the Commonwealth Fund. Health insurance is bankrupting America through hidden costs, while doctors refusing to participate enter concierge medicine in dramatically increasing numbers. Here's one physicians proposal to make medical services more affordable and personal. But we would insert here that midwives have been a historically affordable alternative for healthy mothers, with their charges reflecting realistic costs for services. This cannot remain the case if we begin interacting with health insurers. We, too, will have to pass on to families the costs of interacting and collecting from the bloated bureaucracy of "payers," and it will cost families more, much more.
"Antibiotics are powerful drugs. Because they are so ubiquitous, we tend to view them casually. This is a mistake...."
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Ingesting Essential Oils? A must read for anyone considering the internal use of essential oils.
Stopped on the way home today to watch a cow bring her calf into the world. The wonder never fades.
I've told pregnant moms they could have their babies however they wish except standing on their heads. ...And then I saw this --
I was born 1906, the 12th day of September. My momma who raised me (my momma died shortly after my birth) was a slave brought to this country and sold for three dollars at the age of thirteen. She was sold to the Charles' and had their last name. It was hard growing up back in those days. We had to raise our food and work in the fields. Corn, stripping greens and we raised our meat. We shelled those peas and tied them up at the top of the house. We would put chinaberry bulbs in those sacks of peas so no weevils would get in. I started goin' to the fields all my life. At first I was tied to my mother and then I had a row of my own. I wanted to get out of the fields as it was so hard and that is why I wanted to be a midwife. I was interested in goin' with Miss Ella Anderson, a midwife, and get out of those fields. Times were tough then, we knew nothing but the field. More...
For the first time in history, lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and others, kill more people than communicable ones. Treating these diseases — and futile attempts to “cure” them — costs a fortune, more than one-seventh of our GDP. Read this article by Mark Bittman
I've recently run across some excellent blog posts and articles regarding the heated rhetoric surrounding the safety of home birth and of the hazards of the perspectives and practices of conventional obstetrics. http://erinmidwife.com/2011/03/31/if-i-were-at-home-i-would-have-died/
Sheryl Shafer CPM-TN
I have been a part of the midwifery community as it has developed from independent, pioneering practitioners to today's certified, regulated professionals. Both have had their place. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. We, as a society, wish to make the advances in science and medicine available to all – protecting lives and preventing many of the disabilities and sorrows of years not too far past.