|What about the fact that in the rest of the world, birth goes wrong a sufficient amount of the time that access to qualified birth attendants is one of the indicators of quality of life? Here that gets chalked up to malnutrition. Which certainly explains part of it, but not all of it. Lack of access to qualified attendants *because sometimes they are needed in birth* is a very valid part of the equation of high infant and maternal mortality.|
|What we don't need is medical model type intervention, obviously since the US has huge intervention rates and one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the developed world. But the answer is not to do away with intervention entirely, a la throwing the baby out with the bathwater in a tragically literal sense of the expression. We need common sense, we need far more trust in birth than we have now, but we don't need that trust to veer into flaky, illogical, non sensical territory.|
but really, it goes back to culture. you can send qualified birth attendants all over the world, but until individual cultures (including the US) stop harmful and damaging practices, those attendants will never have the impact that is needed for health and life.
|We need balance.|