Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Put the clamps down and step away from the cervix

Look Look! It's technology! Now you can pay even less attention to the laboring woman and watch your baby be born on the monitor. You know, like that neat Santa Tracker!!

Looks like the Birth Tracker will be entering L&D wards soon. Sigh. There have been plenty of great posts written about this already. I especially enjoyed Hathors comic and Rixa's scathing reviews. Honestly, when is enough enough? This just illustrates the technocratic mindset of current hospital care. They know things aren't working, they are seeing more bad outcomes, as the c-section rate continues to rise, maternal mortality and morbidity rise, and babies fare worse, but the only answer they can come up with is MORE technology. They can't fathom that less intervention would improve outcomes. It's pointless to rant, point out to them what the scientific evidence shows, pull our hair out in frustration, etc. The genie is out of the bottle and I don't think it will ever go back in, at least in a hospital. For awhile I honestly thought that we could reform hospital maternity care but now I just don't know. At least the public is becoming more aware of midwives, homebirth and birth centers. Here's hoping women will get fed up with all these doo dads up their vajayjays, stand up, and take their births back.

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