Can ACOG Block Midwife Competition in NY?

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Chimmy's picture
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Can ACOG Block Midwife Competition in NY?

This should be upsetting to everyone - to quote Donna Zelzer from facebook, where I came across this article. "This makes me so angry. Our bodies are not anyone's turf!" I really couldn't of said it better. It makes me so mad that things like this still go on - I hope to see the day where we take control back from the hospitals & arrogant, over controlling OB's & anyone like them.

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There's another article in the NY Times (not sure how long it will be free to view): http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/18/nyregion/18midwives.html?src=me&ref=nyregion

The obstetricians’ group has argued that written agreements are needed to keep women safe. Suppose a woman is giving birth in a hospital, attended by a midwife without a practice agreement, and the woman starts to hemorrhage, Donna Montalto, executive director of the New York division of the congress of obstetricians, said Thursday.

“What obstetrician who has never seen the patient, doesn’t know the midwife, and happens to be at home at their son’s baseball game is going to say, ‘Sure, I’ll come in and take care of your patient,’ ” Ms. Montalto said.

If that is how you feel, you shouldn't go into medicine.

faeriecurls's picture
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This makes me so angry. As an NYC resident, as a woman and someone who is using a midwife (although I am delivering in a hospital birth center) it just P!sses me off.

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The thing about the physicians not wanting to go in to help with midwife patients if complications arrise sounds ridiculous. Isn't part of the job of working with births that you sometimes get called in at inconvieient times? Why should it matter that it's "someone else's patient"?

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

The thing about the physicians not wanting to go in to help with midwife patients if complications arrise sounds ridiculous. Isn't part of the job of working with births that you sometimes get called in at inconvieient times? Why should it matter that it's "someone else's patient"?

Exactly. Is that what they do if a pregnant women from out of town goes into labor and needs emergency help? Or when there's a woman who has had no pre-natal care and does not have any health care provider?

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That's pretty horrible. Just makes me less and less trusting of doctors (at least when it comes to childbirth). I'm soooo lucky to live in an area where homebirths are common and the hospitals provide backup. I have to have parallel prenatal care at the clinic, but they know that I plan to birth at home, but will provide backup if I end up with complications. It's really nice. AND my insurance covers my homebirth 100%. I wish it was like that for the rest of the country.