Thursday, October 9, 2008

Even the Wall Street Journal is catching on!

NEW YORK, NY, Oct 08, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Over 31% of US births are now by cesarean section, although a 5% to 10% rate is best for mothers and babies. The extra cost is well over $2.5 billion per year. The excess cesareans buy no reduction in maternal and newborn deaths. But they cause unneeded exposure to the dozens of adverse effects more common with c-sections. This is just the most striking example of how health care provided to mothers giving birth exposes them to avoidable harm and expense. These conclusions are found in "Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve," a report released today by Childbirth Connection, The Reforming States Group, and the Milbank Memorial Foundation.

Read more here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

High-tech interventions deliver huge childbirth bill

Today's USA Today looks at how high-tech interventions in childbirth are causing soaring health care costs. Consider this: Childbirth is the number one reason for hospitalization in the United States. And chew on this: More than $2.5 billion, that is $2,500,000,000, is spent on unnecessary cesarean sections in the United States alone. More fodder for our fight to fully integrate midwives into our maternity care system!

Read more here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Buy some stamps. Support Midwives.

"Stamps are a simple way of making a statement. Now, with the launch of midwifery-themed postage stamps, supporters of midwives can send their message across the country: 'Choose a Midwife.' The American College of Nurse-Midwives is unveiling the new stamps in conjunction with National Midwifery Week, October 5-11. Stamps are available for purchase online at http://www.photostamps.com/acnm."

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Birth Right Festival '08

Thanks to all who came out today and made ABC's Birth Right Festival a roaring success. Special thanks to Susan Petrus and Dalia Abrams for being the masterminds behind the event.