Originally Posted by pamamidwife
Well, if they took a basic neonatal anatomy class, there might be some better understanding of it. Alas, I guess I know more about the neonatal dive reflex and what initiates breathing in a neonate than they do. Sad.
I hear you. And maybe if a few of them took a nutrition class or a breastfeeding class women and babies would be a lot better off.
I think this also shows the level of influence insurance companies have on a doctor's policies... I would bet most don't cover underwater birth, and thus the doctor believes it's unsafe. I also think most probably look at it from a risk analysis standpoint. If ONE baby were to aspirate water because he "allowed" a woman to give birth there, he could be in trouble from the med licensing board, his peers, and his insurance company. (Not to mention a possible lawsuit by the parents.) In some ways, I don't blame the doctor -- this is their livelihood, their career, and they don't want to risk it. But it makes me mad that we allow for-profit corporations (insurance companies) to make medical decisions for millions of women!