Posts tagged ‘maternal mortality’
"If I were at home, I would have died" — The trouble with extrapolating hospital birth events to homebirth
March 31st, 2011
A midwife in North Carolina was recently charged with practicing midwifery without a license because her state does not offer licensure for Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) and other direct entry midwives. There was some local news coverage of the arrest and the ongoing efforts of North Carolina families to legalize CPMs. One of the local news stories included a mother’s birth story from the “If I were at home, I would have died” perspective.
When I hear statements like this I cringe on the inside. Being a midwife, I hear it a lot. Women love to talk about their birth stories, as they should; Storytelling is a natural and beautiful part of our collective journey as women and mothers. In the park, at mom’s groups, among new friends, anywhere women gather there are stories of births and babies being told. When I hear a story being told from the “I would have died at home” perspective, I do my best to nod with genuine empathy. I want to support each woman’s telling of her own story. It does, however, feel like a double bind…
June 12th, 2010
Raising awareness for the tragic, often preventable deaths of pregnant and birthing women worldwide for whom basic healthcare and maternity care is unavailable, unobtainable or unaffordable. 1400 women die every day during pregnancy and birth.