Defensive Medicine blog post series at The Unnecesarean

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Defensive Medicine blog post series at The Unnecesarean

If you have some time, this series was posted last week and does an excellent job of examining the issue of "defensive medicine" from multiple perspectives. There is a list of links to all the posts in the series in the first post here: http://www.theunnecesarean.com/blog/2011/1/10/defending-ourselves-against-defensive-medicine.html

Some of the comment threads have gotten a little crazy with Dr. Amy there (I think it was commendable for the blog author to invite her point of view to be part of the discussion, though I do disagree with the vast majority of what she says, as I also disagree with some other perspectives in the conversation...)

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I spent some time reading the series yesterday. I didn't read the comments. I will say that while I do like the unnecessaren I disagree with them on some critical issues like health care reform and abortion so it is hard for me at times to read them.

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I've been following this as well & find it interesting. I enjoy reading others opinions even if I don't agree with them, it helps keep me in the right spot (mentally) as I doula for such a vast group of women in my area. Admittedly, I find Dr. Amy obnoxious but I always seem to find myself reading what she writes.

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I agree. Plus seeing things from different perspectives is not always bad. I feel pretty strongly about my pro-life views though, so when I get to a post like that I do nothing but turn off. There was one post in the series about the forced c-sections and of course they call about the pro-life groups. It just irritated me, I had to stop reading. It is possible to pro-birth options and pro-life at the same time. Sigh! That said I am glad the blog is there because it brings up a lot of good points and for someone like me who has to fight the system etc it is helpful to know there are those who support you.

I wonder why Dr. Amy puts so much energy in fighting with the NCB "folks" shall we call them. It is almost like she is on a mission. Of course I was on a twitter party the other day with other doulas and we had these pro-circumcision people crash the party for some bizarre reason, so I guess it happens quite a bit.

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The blog definitely looks at birth issues from a liberal feminist perspective, and I don't agree with it all either. I am also pro-life and find it frustrating that the pro-choice birth activitists tie up forced-cesareans with abortion and fetal personhood. The argument was in the book Pushed, and it bothered me there, too. Kind of gives the impression that they are trying to either exclude or convert to pro-choice all the pro-life people in the birth advocacy movement.

I'm also not on the bandwagon of "a government-run system will fix all the problems." I understand the perspective of those who support it a little better after reading some of the stuff in the series, though.

I find Dr. Amy infuriating, but find she does have some good points in her critiques of the NCB movement, and I think (and have said on my blog) it is important for the NCB movement to look at itself and see what it can do better. I think one area we are lacking in is being able to engage OBGYNs in collaboration, and I think the fact that Jill has engaged Dr. Dorn as a contributer to her blog is a step in the right
direction with this.

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I agree with you on all points Brittany. I find it harder to read opposing views while pregnant, but regardless of when I read I find that it has always shown to be helfpul. It either challenges my personal opinion and thus makes me re-examine it or it gives me more reason to believe what I already believe. I think it's good to find a personal & a professional balance & I feel reading blogs like this helps with that.

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

The blog definitely looks at birth issues from a liberal feminist perspective, and I don't agree with it all either. I am also pro-life and find it frustrating that the pro-choice birth activitists tie up forced-cesareans with abortion and fetal personhood. The argument was in the book Pushed, and it bothered me there, too. Kind of gives the impression that they are trying to either exclude or convert to pro-choice all the pro-life people in the birth advocacy movement.

I'm also not on the bandwagon of "a government-run system will fix all the problems." I understand the perspective of those who support it a little better after reading some of the stuff in the series, though.

I find Dr. Amy infuriating, but find she does have some good points in her critiques of the NCB movement, and I think (and have said on my blog) it is important for the NCB movement to look at itself and see what it can do better. I think one area we are lacking in is being able to engage OBGYNs in collaboration, and I think the fact that Jill has engaged Dr. Dorn as a contributer to her blog is a step in the right
direction with this.

Excellent points Brittany! I totally agree with you. There has to be a balance. Obviously medical interventions have their place in the birth world and not all c-sections are unnecessary. It is balancing them.

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"Chimmy" wrote:

I agree with you on all points Brittany. I find it harder to read opposing views while pregnant, but regardless of when I read I find that it has always shown to be helfpul. It either challenges my personal opinion and thus makes me re-examine it or it gives me more reason to believe what I already believe. I think it's good to find a personal & a professional balance & I feel reading blogs like this helps with that.

Maybe that is my problem. LOL totally kidding. I have been very emotional though with this pregnancy especially.

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I'm always highly emotional when pregnant, it makes me crazy lol So I completly understand Smile I also think that's why I am very anti-social while pregnant, I just kinda stick to my bubble & don't do much else Lol