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I am soo happy that we chose to home birth. These days you have to have a lot of trust and be extremely confident in your medical birth attendants.<br><br>
The link below takes you to an article found on MSN, about the rise in childbirth death rates in the U.S.<br><br><a href="http://news.aol.com/story/ar/_a/childbirth-death-rate-rises-in-us/20070824192309990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001" target="_blank">http://news.aol.com/story/ar/_a/chil...00010000000001</a>
 

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This is scary stuff, for so many reasons...<br>
I just recently heard Ina May Gaskin lecture about this, and apparently the numbers are higher than are being reported. Check this out:<br><br><a href="http://www.rememberthemothers.net/home.html" target="_blank">http://www.rememberthemothers.net/home.html</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/candle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Candle">
 

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Does anyone have a link to the statistics on baby size? The article essentially declares that obese women = diabetes = big baby = c-section.<br><br>
(Errr... so the c-section is still to blame, but only partly because mother is overweight.)<br><br>
I'm just curious if the size in infants is increasing in correlation with the deaths.
 

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Tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of my aunt passing away two days after giving birth to a beautiful little girl. She is another woman who died from "heart failure", what was not noted was that it was caused by the hospital she gave birth in. My husband thinks a lot of women die giving birth. For our family it's not 12 in 100,00. It's more like 1 in 1000. Because it hits so close to home for me, I am now planning a homebirth. I hope my aunt would approve. I know she died because she was in the hospital. I know it!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does anyone have a link to the statistics on baby size? The article essentially declares that obese women = diabetes = big baby = c-section.</div>
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Yeah, that pissed me off to no end. But it doesn't look, from reading the article, like that is anything but this one doctor's conjecture. Everything that I've read that is actual medical evidence has shown that bigger women can have perfectly healthy pregnancies and deliveries of perfectly healthy babies, and that while there's a slightly higher risk of gestational diabetes, that's no guarantee of a section or a big baby. Actual full-on diabetes can be present in women of normal weight as well, and is more evenly distributed across the weight curve than you'd think... there is a great NYT article on that, in fact.<br><br>
Anecdotally, I was a plus-sized pregnancy last time, had no diabetes and delivered a perfectly healthy 9lb baby... who, while good sized, was petite according to family and genetics since he's the only baby in either my husband's or my family in the last 3 generations to be born under 10 pounds.
 

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Yeah, a doctor on our local homebirth list complains that they blame the high C-section rate... then blame the C-section rate on women.
 

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This quote just gets me:<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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It says so much about the culture we live in.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does anyone have a link to the statistics on baby size? The article essentially declares that obese women = diabetes = big baby = c-section.<br><br>
(Errr... so the c-section is still to blame, but only partly because mother is overweight.)<br><br>
I'm just curious if the size in infants is increasing in correlation with the deaths.</div>
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Whatever! My friend weighed 312 lbs when she gave birth to her dd and her dd was 5 lbs 4 oz at birth (full term).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Whatever! My friend weighed 312 lbs when she gave birth to her dd and her dd was 5 lbs 4 oz at birth (full term).</div>
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Yeah, and I'm sure there's some idiot doc how would blame *that* on her obesity. Maybe morbidly obese mothers steal the calories from their babies, leading to negative outcomes associated with low birth weight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"><br><br>
BV, who had a doc blame baby's weight lost on my (non-existant) eating disorder
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Whatever! My friend weighed 312 lbs when she gave birth to her dd and her dd was 5 lbs 4 oz at birth (full term).</div>
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Reminds me of when my first was born. I was standing in front of the nursery window (begging them again to give my baby back <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) and there was my 10lb8oz mammoth sized baby laying in the cradle. I'm 5'2" and 115lbs.<br>
Someone says to someone else "wouldn't you love to see the size of HIS mother! she must be huge!!" I was horrified at that comment.<br><br>
Then... I see a baby laying next to him who was right at 5lbs and sure enough, her mother comes around and had to be pushing 350lbs. She was induced because she was overdue. Just goes to show that weight does not always play a part.
 
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