Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Where all the women are strong
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Very sad. Unfortunately, I am hearing more and more stories like this. The wonderful birth center on my island just closed last year, after only being open for one year.
Suzanne Arms spoke at a conference I attended last weekend and told of a hospital that fired its CNMs with no warning. One day armed gaurds just came in to escort them off the premisis. One was with a laboring woman and one was even attending a birth. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be organizing, they are probably afraid of never being able to work again.
However, I have a friend in nursing school. She is very medically-oriented. This week she observed two births. She said one was with an OB and the other with a CNM. She told me the difference was like night and day. I asked which she preferred, and she said "THe midwife, defintly, thats why I am telling you this story." She said her bedside manner was so much better, she liked how the lights were low and everything was gentle. In the OB-attended birth it was very "managed", it was clearly painful (induced) and she said watching the epidural was the worst. It took 3 tries and she then couldn't feel to push, so my friend and another student had to hold the woman's legs. If she feels like this many of the other students probably do to. Also my friend was one to sing the praises of epidurals (despite never having a baby) and the entire medical field, so maybe attitudes are changing. I just hope it isn't too late.