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I wrote to Fox59 on e-mail. This piece is disgusting and poorly written. They obviously have no facts and are just trying to be juicy. Here is my e-mail
"Although the piece has not yet aired on tonight's news, I am writing to express my disappointment with the article about "bathtub births and quiverfull." I have always chosen Fox59 as my news station of choice, but now I am seriously revisiting that opinion.
I do not know the Chimilewski family nor anything about the case from a first-hand point of view. I have only read what others have read. However, I am disappointed - no, disgusted - that Kimberly King and your company were so desperate for a story that you published such a poorly researched and one-sided story. It is quite apparent to me or anyone reading this piece that you could not find any "real" information about homebirth or this particular case. You were apparently so frantic to write something juicy, after all the time and effort spent to talk to the Chimilewskis or anyone else involved with the case without avail, that you just printed anything you could quote, whether it had any merit or made any sense.
Of course the midwives in question would not answer your questions. They are bound to privacy laws, the same as any health care professional, a fact EMT Shawn Phenis seems to have completely forgotten. I'm sure they would love to defend themselves against this perversion if they did not truly care about their obligations as health care professionals.
As I know the owner of United Wellness Center, I can confidently say that Brandi Wood is not an employee of that office. Again, you are printing lies. Barb Bechtel should have no first-hand information about this case. There are many other states that DO license CPMs like Brandi Wood, and twins are often born at home. In my education and from speaking with many CPMs and CNMs around the country, simply being pregnant with twins does not constitute a high-risk case.
You also imply a CPM is an uneducated. Maybe you should investigate what is required to become a certified professional midwife. Of course, that may make your story less compelling. You also fail to report that there is an Indiana Midwifery Association that conducts professional peer reviews, of which a prominent Indiana CNM is a board member. In addition, the IMA and midwives of Indiana have been submitting legislation to legalize CPMs for the last 14 years in order to try to comply with the laws of this state.
You reported that there was a knot in the umbilical cord. Was this the cause of the emergency? I have read nothing about a knot in the umbilical cord. I have witnessed many births where there were knots in the umbilical cord that had no bearing on the pregnancy and birth whatsoever. Then you follow with Shawn Phenis' comment about "someone's to blame" as if that was directly related to the knotted cord! Does being an EMT make one an expert on pregnancy and birth? Does the EMT know anything about the case history other than the information directly needed to provide life-saving efforts? It is doubtful.
You quoted Carri as blogging, "My body is full my legs can only take so much." I think most women who have had an uncomplicated singleton pregnancy and birth have often expressed the same feelings.
I thought "journalism" like this was left to rags like Star and the National Enquirer. You should be ashamed."
Prenatal/Pediatric Chiropractor (Diplomate) , raising the next generation drug-free!
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