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Instead of posting an individual posting for each article that inspires or riles us up, I thought I would start a thread where we can post links to news reports about homebirth.

Feel free to post others that you come across and discuss what you think about them. I'll start things off with a few I've found over the past few weeks:

Christian Science Monitor: Laboring to save homebirths

Chicago Tribune: Homebirth, should it be illegal?

Journal Sentinal: Don’t stymie choice of home childbirth

St. Petersburg Times: A bundle of debate over giving birth at home
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Thanks for posting the links lwuertz!

The article in the Christian Science Monitor is close to my heart, as I live in Berks County, PA. Every homebirther or homebirther-to-be followed Diane Goslin's trial with trepidation. We thought our choice for future homebirths would evaporate.
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Good idea on the macro thread. I've been seeing a lot of news coverage on homebirth. Some of it is a response to the Acog/Ricki Lake smackdown , but I think the news coverage is great in general because it serves to normalize homebirth.
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Yeah I think coverage in general is great because it gets the word out there. I'm trying to use some of my local news connections (I used to be a journalist) to get coverage done here. I've almost got one of my producer friends sold on doing a story about the debate.
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There was an article in The Detroit News yesterday about homebirth in MI. The article was disappointing, but there have been some great comments posted from local supporters of homebirth.
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There was an article in The Detroit News yesterday about homebirth in MI. The article was disappointing, but there have been some great comments posted from local supporters of homebirth.

I read this too! I couldn't really get if it was for or against homebirth, or just neutral.
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I read this too! I couldn't really get if it was for or against homebirth, or just neutral.
Well most *good* journalists try not to take a stance either way. I read the article and it seemed like they were trying to present both sides, but I felt like the ACOG friendly stats/evidence had a bigger impact than the personal/profile stories from either side. I would have liked to see stats and info presented from home birth friendly countries/organizations for the article to have been more balanced.
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Well most *good* journalists try not to take a stance either way. I read the article and it seemed like they were trying to present both sides, but I felt like the ACOG friendly stats/evidence had a bigger impact than the personal/profile stories from either side. I would have liked to see stats and info presented from home birth friendly countries/organizations for the article to have been more balanced.
I agreee!
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South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Special delivery - Giving birth at home

PolitickerMD.com: Dr. Mike Hargadon Supports a Woman's Right to Choose Home Birth
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Subbing now so I remember to come back and read all of the links. Great thread!
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I periodically do a google news search on homebirth and it's been pretty dry lately. It's mostly British or Australian news stories, where homebirth is more normal, and it isn't the main element in the story.
When I was researching my homebirth last year, there was this crop of stories out of the UK about an NHS shortage of midwives, and people were all enraged that there weren't enough midwives to guarantee a free homebirth to everyone who wanted one.
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I periodically do a google news search on homebirth and it's been pretty dry lately. It's mostly British or Australian news stories, where homebirth is more normal, and it isn't the main element in the story.
Yeah that's how I'm finding these stories. Sometimes I've noticed with Google news that stories continue to surface on the first page because they have been updated (probably to correct something like a typo) since their original post date. So I usually go through a couple pages at least to make sure I didn't miss anything. The other thing is that Google doesn't seem to have everything. I can sometimes go to other news sources that I check periodically, do a search and come up with something they'd ran recently that Google didn't pick up for whatever reason.
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from our local paper this week:

http://pioneerlocal.com/1151844,on-h...108-s1.article

its actually very supportive of hb, and calls the ACOG's "judgement" into question.... It also brings up the limited options in Illinois


Also, check out on that site the "related stories" called "just asking" - this was a side bar in the main article that says that the ACOG didn't return the writer's call, but if they had, here were the questions that would have been asked - they are pretty good....
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from our local paper this week:

http://pioneerlocal.com/1151844,on-h...108-s1.article

its actually very supportive of hb, and calls the ACOG's "judgement" into question.... It also brings up the limited options in Illinois


Also, check out on that site the "related stories" called "just asking" - this was a side bar in the main article that says that the ACOG didn't return the writer's call, but if they had, here were the questions that would have been asked - they are pretty good....
OK, if I were having my baby in a hospital I want that obstetric nurse in the first vignette as my nurse!
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I like this story from the UK-based Daily Telegraph: Home Births still rare despite government pledge.
The article treats home births as a totally normal, desirable event but notes that inadequate government staffing means that some women who want homebirths can't get them. You'd expect to hear a similar tone in an American news story about, like, a city bus line that wasn't offering enough routes to meet the needs of commuters.

"The Government has promised that by next year, all women in England should be given the option of where to have their baby. However, a shortage of midwives often means that women are not offered a home birth, or have it cancelled at the last minute and are forced to go into hospital. "
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