Originally Posted by eabbmom
It does appear that this midwife should have sent the baby to the hospital when it was not responsive and lacked a rooting reflex. I fully support homebirth midwives and intend on being one someday. It is important that whenever a baby is lost (at home, in a hospital) that a full investigation is completed and the guilty parties are brought to justice. As a future midwife I want my chosen profession to be respected and regulated so that homebirth can grow to be a respected and safe as possible choice. My heart goes out to the parents and the midwife, a grave mistake was made.
like like like. If this was FB I'd like it again. I totally agree with what you're saying as a future midwife! We need more midwives with your mindset! YAY for you! A grave mistake WAS made, and probably because in 30 years, and only ten or less births per year, she simply never came across that particular complication. That is why experience is SO important. Experience and education. CNM's might work primarily in hospitals, but they see hundreds of births in their first couple years of training, before they're ever ready to deliver on their own, whether that's in or out of hospital. This is why mothers and families need to start demanding MORE of their midwives! More education! More experience! More births attended! 30 or 40 births is not nearly enough to be a competent provider! 100 births is not enough either! As a future CNM I expect to have gone to hundreds of births before I would attend a woman as a primary. Mothers and babies deserve the very best care we can possibly give them, NOT mediocre care and surely not inexperienced or sorely underexperienced care? It sounds like this midwife was a "part time" kind of midwife. I contend that midwifery should NOT be a hobby for those who's partner provides most of the income in the household! It's not right! And it's why OB's and other medical professionals don't take CPM's seriously, most of the time.