Originally Posted by nccrunchymama
Well, yesterday I went to a Legislative meeting. I've never been to one before. It was really interesting. It was to discuss legalizing homebirth midwives here in NC. The first couple of speakers didn't really seem to say anything that would help or hurt. Then someone from the group that certifies mw's (NARM?) spoke and she really knew her stuff. I was glad to hear such a great voice for CPM's. Then, of course, they had someone opposed speak, and really, he was an idiot. He quoted statistics multiple times, but he changed the numbers each time. And he kept harping about education and that since CNM's have to have a BS degree, and CPM's don't, he kept saying that a CPM could be a "high school dropout". Then he really stirred the pot when he said that having a homebirth was like driving without a seat belt. Not safe but some people do it anyway. When someone mentioned that the CPM could be like the seat belt, the audience clapped. Well, apparently that was not allowed because the Co-chair threatened to clear the room. Could she not just say, "clapping is not allowed."? I didn't know that and I'm sure I wasn't the only person there who had never been to a legislative meeting. Anyway, he shot himself in the foot when someone asked him if CPM's were legalized, would he be interested in overseeing them. It was amazing how big-headed he got in that moment. I was glad to hear someone else remind him that the committee was not deciding whether to legalize homebirth. Just the midwives participation in the homebirth. Anyway, for the opposition, he didn't do much good.
I was there, too! I was up front in a green and orange print shirt sitting between my dh and my bf who was wearing her tiny babe in a sling. I was at the first one as well but despite the fact that the first one had more doctors speak spewing their bs about why hb is so "unsafe," this meeting was so much harder to sit through at the end. The faster my blood sugar dropped the angrier I got at what that doc was saying. Could he have said CPMs are just high-school drop-outs one more time?? Funny thing was that I have been in 3 of the "dangerous" situations he described...my 2nd had shoulder dystocia and was floppy(and was born in the town he mentioned was so far away from medical care
). Had I not had a competent, trained CPM there to act accordingly things could very well have turned bad quickly. With my 3rd babe I had a major PPH. I bleed so much my bp couldn't be detected and I was starting to go into shock. My mw and doula (who was a nurse) acted quickly to give me the meds, IV fluids, and O2 I needed to stop the bleeding while my dh called the EMTs. By the time the EMTs got to our house everything had stabalized and I refused transport. Had we decided on a UC for that birth I may have bled out like the doc described. I love how his assertion that some of us will take risks like driving w/o our seat belts was basically saying that those of us who choose to hb don't deserve to have skilled, competent attendants. Its just so sad that most docs like him come from such a place of fear.
Originally Posted by Amber Lion
I'm done, I'm done, I'm done!!! No more school for a week! Yeah!!!!
Yay!! Isn't that a good feeling? My big boys are off from school starting today and I just submitted my last paper and got my grades for the winter term so we'll have a bunch of family time together. Another term of midwifery school down! Such a great feeling!
AAM: This week has definately been a hard one. I was thankful for the little break I got from the queasies last week but the ms has seemed to return with a vengence. I just want to sleep. I've had to work a few 12hr shifts this week which were really hard, especially since I was on my feet nearly the entire time. I've been throwing up a lot more all of a sudden too. I've been taking my Zofran but I'm only taking 4mg so the nausea returns after about 4 hrs or so. At least my appetite is still good.
Still haven't had our first mw appt. yet. I did see her yesterday at the legislative meeting and we decided we'll meet next week sometime. I'm so happy to be seeing her again. I've had some crazy cesarean birth and twin dreams so I want to get those off my chest and make a game plan in case there really are two babies in there.