OPB's Think Out Loud tackles home v. hospital births ~ Th 5.7.09 @ 9
In case this topic interests you, OPB's Think Out Loud show on Thursday 5.7.09 is about birth choices. Here's how they describe the show:
Oregon State University says a new study describes a "pattern of distrust" in the relationship between hospital physicians and midwives who transport their patients to hospitals due to complications during homebirths.
The study (led by OSU assistant professor and midwife Melissa Cheyney) looked at birth records in Oregon's Jackson County from 1998 through 2003 to determine whether a correlation existed between poor health outcomes and homebirths.
While the study didn't find a link between the two factors it did reveal ongoing conflicts between doctors and midwives with physicians asserting that only hospital births were safe. This finding is in line with a 2008 American Medical Association resolution (pdf), which stated:
"The safest setting for labor, delivery and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex."
Listen up! Call in! Speak Up! Or join the conversation on the show's active blog. It's on from 9 to 10 am, then is re-aired again at 9 pm the same night. And of course podcasted forever.
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