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Kara, single mom of 4 girls (5, 8, 16 and 19)
Kids have strokes too!
Sunny : gun toting, retired breastfeeding, car seat loving, guitar playing, home birthing and schooling mama to Jakob (10.06), Mikah (07.08) and Korah (07.11).
Thing is, the availability of analgesia during childbirth first arose as a FEMINIST issue. In order to get access to analgesia, women first had to combat the notion that the pain of childbirth was the "curse of Eve" and that it was immoral to mitigate the pain. While around here, most of us feel that normal childbirth doesn't/shouldn't need analgesia, we also recognize that there ARE cases where it's appropriate and improves outcomes, so if the choice is between no availability and excessive availability, it's probably in the interest of women to have excessive availability.
I can understand why they cover analgesia, but why elective inductions, augmentations, and elective c-sections when these things have been shown to be more expensive and produce less healthy, and therefore more expensive in the long run (e.g. NICU, troubles breastfeeding, etc.), results? Why are they insisting on paying more money for something that is more dangerous for the individuals involved? Are they incredibly stupid, being payed off by hospitals, or is there some other reason that we are missing here?
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