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Reactive Attachment Disorder Forced This Dad To Give Up Custody Of His Adopted Daughter

Reactive Attachment Disorder Forced This Dad To Give Up Custody Of His Adopted Daughter

Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 20:24:08 in Parents

“There are no aggressive features with RAD -- children who suffer from this are one of two things: 1.) either very withdrawn, or 2.) very friendly with unfamiliar people.

If a child is having problem with aggression, she needs a therapist who will give her an accurate diagnosis and teach the parents appropriate parenting methods.

In the words of one survivor, Attachment Therapy parenting (aka Nancy Thomas parenting) has nothing to do with forming a loving connection between parent and child, but all about compliance training -- creating "little Stepford Children."”
Reactive Attachment Disorder Forced This Dad To Give Up Custody Of His Adopted Daughter

Reactive Attachment Disorder Forced This Dad To Give Up Custody Of His Adopted Daughter

Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 20:17:10 in Parents

“Maybe the child is reacting to the Attachment Therapy parenting.”
Topeka, Kansas, Urged To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water To Protect Legislators' IQs

Topeka, Kansas, Urged To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water To Protect Legislators' IQs

Commented Feb 22, 2013 at 19:06:27 in Politics

“Ingested fluoride shows up in saliva where it continually remineralizes the surface of teeth. A very good thing.”
Topeka, Kansas, Urged To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water To Protect Legislators' IQs

Topeka, Kansas, Urged To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water To Protect Legislators' IQs

Commented Feb 22, 2013 at 19:04:49 in Politics

“Dear Ian, you've been snookered. That myth about Hitler using fluoride was given a "Pants on Fire" rating by Florida Politifact.”
Topeka, Kansas, Urged To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water To Protect Legislators' IQs

Topeka, Kansas, Urged To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water To Protect Legislators' IQs

Commented Feb 22, 2013 at 19:03:16 in Politics

“They can't be serious. Fluoridation is safe. The researchers of the Harvard I.Q. study even made it clear to the public when they contacted the Wichita Eagle that their analysis of studies done in China and Iran had nothing to do with fluoridation, i.e. the studies looked at much higher levels of naturally occurring fluoride. If anything the Harvard analysis was reassuring about fluoridation.”

Winston1Franklin2 on May 10, 2013 at 19:49:31

“This is all about the John Birch Society's agenda. The society was big on promoting the lie that "Fluoridated water is a commie plot."

The Koch brothers fund ALEC. Their father was one of the founders of the John Birch Society. So the whole thing fits together with all the other stuff that the Koch brothers are behind.”

nettwench on May 10, 2013 at 19:43:49

“Linda, ask yourself why all these people with ZERO fans are suddenly showing up with lost of "evidence" that flouridating water is some kind of government conspiracy to make people stupid.

Koch brothers money buys a lot, even enough to pay people to float their conspiracy theories on progressive websites. How evil is that?”

ddanimal on Feb 27, 2013 at 17:51:34

“Fluoridation is not safe. Science shows its harmful. It damages thyroid function at dosages received from fluoridated water.

And its not even proven effective.

see this:
http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/fluoridnew.htm

Gil Vasquez on Feb 27, 2013 at 17:34:00

“so linda you keep drinking this yourself and the rest of us who do not want to poison ourselves slowly, won't. thanks”

JaneDoe Wichita on Feb 26, 2013 at 12:40:40

“If you care about children, why would you continue to blindly disregard the growing evidence of harm to them by the out-of-control cumilative exposures to fluorides? You would choose teeth over IQ? In your mind, for the sake of "public health," how many IQ points on average is acceptable to lose, and for how many children, so that we can continue to drip HFSA into US water supplies? How do you plan to evaluate this? It's just ridiculous that you want 100% proof that fluoridation may be contributing to health problems in the US before you stop pushing this toxin on the public. You say "the Harvard analysis was reassuring about fluoridation" - REALLY? Could you have possibly read the entire meta-analysis? Do you understand what a meta-analysis is? The researchers say that this risk should not be ignored and more research into the effects of fluoride on the developing brain is warranted. The esteemed Harvard researchers are concerned...why aren't you?

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ehp.1104912.pdf
http://braindrain.dk/2013/02/fluoridated-water-and-brains/

JaneDoe Wichita on Feb 26, 2013 at 12:39:33

“Linda...you've been corrected about this repeatedly - someone even corrected you in THIS comment section when you posted under one of your many other names, Peggy Thatcher. The Harvard researchers DID NOT CONTACT THE EAGLE. The Eagle contacted them. They had no personal correspondence by email or phone with the Eagle writer according to the researchers Philiipe Grandjean and Anna Choi. Instead, the HSPH Press Office emailed a standard media statement with a link to the meta-analysis and the HSPH article. They gave us the exact same information so we could see for ourselves how the Eagle writer twisted their words.

Because you pro-fluoridationists continued to use a false NEWSPAPER ARTICLE as if it were scientific fact to LIE to the public about the significance of the Harvard meta-analysis, Dr. Grandjean himself corrected the Eagle article and you in a blog on his website: http://braindrain.dk/2013/02/fluoridated-water-and-brains/. Dr. Grandjean said, "Chemical brain drain should not be disregarded. The average IQ deficit in children exposed to increased levels of fluoride in drinking water was found to correspond to about 7 points – a sizable difference. To which extent this risk applies to fluoridation in Wichita or Portland or elsewhere is uncertain, BUT DEFINITELY DESERVES CONCERN." (emphasis added through caps so you'll notice these words.)”
Topeka, Kansas, Urged To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water To Protect Legislators' IQs

Topeka, Kansas, Urged To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water To Protect Legislators' IQs

Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 02:28:12 in Politics

“Florida Politifact gave your Hitler story a "pants on fire" rating. Sorry.”
Topeka, Kansas, Urged To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water To Protect Legislators' IQs

Topeka, Kansas, Urged To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water To Protect Legislators' IQs

Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 02:26:18 in Politics

“Fluoridation is a public health measure, and protecting the public from undue tooth decay is the proper role of government.

As for "poisoning," fluoridation uses a miniscule amount of fluoride (0.7 ppm). Like other minerals commonly found in water, such as calcium and iron, very high doses can be harmful, but fluoridation has a wide margin of safety.”

ddanimal on Feb 27, 2013 at 17:57:22

“See this website: fluoridefreenrv.org”

ddanimal on Feb 27, 2013 at 17:56:48

“The margin of safety is ZERO.

Even 0.7ppm provides enough fluoride to cause health problems, such as endocrine disruption.

Also, fluoride is bioaccumulative, so even 0.7ppm will cause adverse effects (e.g. arthritis) after decades of consumption.

You are ignorant. Go educate yourself before posting garbage.

Read the 2006 review from the National Academy of Sciences.”

ddanimal on Feb 27, 2013 at 17:54:16

“Water fluoridation is not proven effective. You have no idea what you are talking about.

Water fluoridation is not supported by the science.”

Keri loves kittens on Feb 27, 2013 at 15:00:45

“No, it is not the government's role to forcefully medicate an entire population.”
Charlene Johnstone, Mom With Gastroparesis: 'I'm Trying Not To Die' (VIDEO)

Charlene Johnstone, Mom With Gastroparesis: 'I'm Trying Not To Die' (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 13:57:08 in Parents

“Naturopath? That could make things much worse.”
California 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Bill Could Protect Patients Under 18 From Associated Harms

California 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Bill Could Protect Patients Under 18 From Associated Harms

Commented May 2, 2012 at 15:52:25 in Gay Voices

“"Attachment [Holding] Therapy" is also used for gay-to-straight "therapy." This is a sadistic practice that has been denounced as abusive by APSAC and the American Psychological Association's Division on Child Maltreatment.

depts.washington.edu/hcsats/PDF/AttachmentTaskForceAPSAC.pdf

As a rule, children/minors should ONLY be diagnosed and treated with science-based practices. If society accepted this standard, children would not be subjected to homeopathy, chiropractic, faith healing, acupuncture, as well as gay-to-straight "therapy".”
British Study: Half Of All Pregnant Women Could Give Birth At Home Safely

British Study: Half Of All Pregnant Women Could Give Birth At Home Safely

Commented Nov 25, 2011 at 22:30:24 in Parents

“In my state of Colorado, the perinatal mortality rate associated with homebirths attended by "direct-entry midwives" is 11.3 per 1,000 births (2009; latest stats). How many other adverse events is not made public. To be a DEM or CPM in the USA, it appears that most such practitioners just take a test and watch another equally uneducated lay midwife practice. You simply cannot learn how to even recognize an emergency with such limited preparation.”

harriettubman on Nov 28, 2011 at 15:05:10

“That's awful high. I'd want to know where these mortalities occurred and the circumstances behind them. Was a mother in labor too long during an ice storm and it took the midwife time to get there? Things like that I would want to know.

Birthing babies at home worked where I'm from until the 60s and had a lot of babies died, we would've known because it was a small town. An emergency back then probably didn't have the name it does today but I'm quite sure it was still an emergency. Per my mother, the cord around the neck almost killed a homebirthed sibling but the midwife took care of it.

I've seen L&D nurses work their craft and some were excellent before the dr even had time to arrive. A trained midwife today has the same skill.”
Maryland Governor Signs Bill to License Naturopathic Doctors

Maryland Governor Signs Bill to License Naturopathic Doctors

Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 14:51:51 in Healthy Living

“Shame on legislators for conferring legitimacy on naturopaths via licensure. They are a menace to the public welfare. How could they take seriously people who believe –and sell – in homeopathy (sugar pills) and Four Humors theory/practice?”
Alternative Paths to Wellness a Political Act With Winners, Losers

Alternative Paths to Wellness a Political Act With Winners, Losers

Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 15:05:24 in Healthy Living

“The use of non-medical products is over-blown by this author. I suggest she look closely at the NCCAM surveys. Many Americans were merely curious about a few common over-the-counter products. And with the exception of chiropractors, very few American actually use the services of a non-medical practitioner. (Note that NCCAM doesn’t define “alternative medicine” well, and in one of its surveys, "prayer for health" is included as an "alternative" practice, so imagine how that can bulk up results.) 



A professor of anthropology should understand that when people are ill, they often use any and all means to get better. When people occasionally recover spontaneously from illness, the worthless nostrum may get the credit. That’s hardly what passes for “empirical” evidence. 

 Certainly many medicines come from plant sources, but these sources need to be studied for risk and benefit, with dosages standardized.

I once worked at a Schweitzer hospital in the Amazon when a man came in with complaints about a plant potion that he thought would rid him of parasites. Because of it being the dry season, he apparently got a huge dose, shutting down his kidneys and killing him within two weeks. It didn’t feel “pragmatic” to see this lovely fellow die. Or to treat pregnant women for leg burns from standing over a pot of boiling herbs meant to start labor.”
Adoptive American Parents of Russian Children Don't Deserve The Heat

Adoptive American Parents of Russian Children Don't Deserve The Heat

Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 19:37:13 in Parents

“What the Russians object to is child abuse!

Specifically, they object to the scientifically unvalidated and abusive "Attachment (Holding) Therapy" and its brutal parenting methods that is used in the USA to treat a totally bogus rendition of RAD – one that intentionally makes even well behaved children appear dangerous.

This popular fringe practice has been linked to numerous high profile criminal child abuse and death cases of Russian adoptees.”
Licensure for Naturopathic Doctors

Licensure for Naturopathic Doctors

Commented Jan 14, 2013 at 12:29:20 in Healthy Living

“The "degreed" Naturopaths are scary. They think they are the equivalent of medical doctors. We can expect that their descriptions of their practices are not adequate to allow the public to make truly informed consent. And because their practices are not science-based, no child should be subjected to their "care."

Massachusetts' Governor Patrick was very wise in lending his veto to the ND licensure bill; he saved citizens a bundle in not having to reimburse NDs for worthless and cruel nostrums, and no doubt save lives in the process.”

Clovely85 on Mar 5, 2013 at 11:34:21

“I find your comment interesting. Are you aware that there are Naturopaths and Naturopathic Physicians? A Naturopath can get a certificate online for about $10,000, while a Naturopathic Physician attends a 4 year of post baccalaureate medical school costing $150,000 or more. I think you need to look at comparing the academic criteria along side a Allopathic Physician (MD). Without Licensing NDs there is no way to Naturopaths will be on the same playing field. Sorry you ended up with a Naturopath instead of a physician. Next time check their credentials because even if a ND chose to practice in a state that is not licensed they still have to hold a license from a state that is. There is no such thing as a license for someone taking classes online. Next, in a few of those license states Naturopathic Physicians are allowed to write some prescriptions and do minor in office surgery, so that means they will be given a DEA number from the government (I'm guessing you didn't know that). Lastly, if you still don't think there is a difference and you can't get the standard of care from a "Licensed" ND who did the time and paid the money, I recommend you check out the Cancer Care Center of America website and you will see that they hold positions there and are listed as doctors.”

xlinked84 on Jan 16, 2013 at 20:48:00

“Linda, you too should do your research on the criteria of an ND. From my experience with COUNTLESS MDs that didn't know what the heck was wrong with me (from 16 up until I was 24). I FINALLY agreed to go to an ND, because I too at one point thought to myself "there's NO WAY an ND could help me". Let me tell you that I have never had a more positive experience with a doctor. There is a reason that the chances of you as a female of getting cancer is 1 in 3 and 1 in 2 for males. Does that not scare you? Please Linda inform us of why all you hear about is these cancers, autism, flus, autoimmune diseases...because these medical doctors keep shoving prescriptions, vaccines, radiation emitting tests (mammograms, MRIs...) at us and NEVER take the time out with a patient to truly get to the root of their problem or suggest a safer alternative and that is EXACTLY what NDs do. You go in with a heart condition (High blood pressure, high cholesterol), why in 5 minutes will you be out the door with a prescription and the doctor telling you "diet and exercise will help". What the hell is that???? Are you actually happy with that type of care?? Seriously, it is truly disturbing that people are so brainwashed into immediately believing what their medical doctor tells them! DO YOUR RESEARCH!! EDUCATE YOURSELF!!!”

open2it on Jan 16, 2013 at 01:10:20

“I would suggest you take a look at the curriculum for NDs. You are scaring me with your ignorance. I'm sure you are for the government controlling every facet of the American peoples lives, they can't think for themselves...or can they?”

solaceh20 on Jan 14, 2013 at 13:19:51

“Linda - Thank you for sharing your experience and you are not alone in your thoughts. The accredited naturopathic medical schools have equivalent curricula to allopathic (aka MD schools) medical schools. I am sorry if you have had a negative experience with a naturopathic physician in the past. Yet, those negative experiences of one should not dictate restricted access to care for all. This issue is not about what's right or wrong, it's about having equal ground so that patients have the right to choose who their healthcare providers are. I encourage you to read more about the accredited naturopathic medical school curricula (http://www.aanmc.org/education/academic-curriculum.php). Naturopathic medicine has helped many people and I am one of them as well as proud to call myself a naturopathic medical student.”
Are Children Today's Iron Ore? Russia's Adoption Ban and International Diplomacy

Are Children Today's Iron Ore? Russia's Adoption Ban and International Diplomacy

Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 17:22:50 in World

“Reactive Attachment Disorder is described in the DSM-IV-TR. "Attachment Disorder" is a quack diagnosis that pretends to be RAD. See: http://www.childrenintherapy.org/attachmentdisorder.html

Attachment Therapy has been torturing thousands adoptees for over four decades. If it take suspending adoption until the US authorities do something about it, then I say fine. It's about time we take state-funded child abuse seriously.”
Are Children Today's Iron Ore? Russia's Adoption Ban and International Diplomacy

Are Children Today's Iron Ore? Russia's Adoption Ban and International Diplomacy

Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 12:05:54 in World

“Dr Ergas: Please figure into your analysis the fact that the Russians have been for years very concerned about the deaths and abuse of numerous Russian adoptees in the USA. I suspect that the Russian Children's Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov is pleased with the cessation, especially after he recently failed to get in the gate of Ranch for Kids in Montana, an infamous dumping grounds for Russian adoptees diagnosed with the bogus "Attachment Disorder."

The USA is in violation of the UN Convention on Torture by funding and promoting "Attachment (Holding) Therapy," a fringe psychotherapy and parenting method used on adopted children which meets the definition of torture. This brutal practice which was denounced in 2006 by APSAC and the APA's Division on Child Maltreatment. See the website of Advocates for Children in Therapy, an organization that has been trying to stop this state-sponsored child abuse:

http://www.childrenintherapy.org

This practice has be to seen to be believed:

http://www.childrenintherapy.org/videos.html

KeyserSoze1966 on Jan 9, 2013 at 14:18:27

“First off, attachment disorder is a DSM diagnosis. If you don't know what that exactly means, you shouldn't be commenting.

Having said that, there is all kinds of snake oil salesmanship in medicine regarding various "therapies". Most homeopathic remedies for cancer come to mind.

But, again, to say that international adoption should be banned because a minority of cases end up is nutty psychotherapy is silly.

Biological parents are equally as guilty of doing nutty things to their kids. Should we ban the birth process due to these "injustices"?”
huffingtonpost entry

An Adoptive Father Thinking About Moses

Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 11:27:20 in Religion

“Hmm. There are no aggressive features associated with RAD.”
My Love Affair with Naturopathy

My Love Affair with Naturopathy

Commented Nov 12, 2012 at 14:39:06 in Canada Living

“Naturopathy is a parasite on the healthcare system. Their practice is not defined, their practices have not be standardized, they oppose many modern public health measures, and they live in the world of magic.

There has been no good idea of what naturopaths actually do in practice. But this informal survey done of the websites of "degreed" naturopaths in Colorado gives us a disturbing picture:

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/night-of-the-living-naturopaths/

Laura ND on Dec 1, 2012 at 02:53:58

“FYI - Naturopathy is not licensed in Colorado so many ND's who practice there have not graduated from a 4-year naturopathic program accredited by the CNME. For those who have graduated, there are standards of care, respect for public health measures AND plenty of science behind many of the treatment protocols. For example, Bastyr University - one of the naturopathic programs accredited by the CNME - received a $5.4 million grant from the NIH to study the effect of a medicinal mushroom in cancer patients. Read more here: http://www.bastyr.edu/news/general-news-home-page/2012/11/fda-approves-bastyr-turkey-tail-trial-cancer-patients

The main reason there isn't enough research in support of natural therapies is because it is difficult to find funding to research natural therapies. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), natural, safe treatments can't be patented by multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical companies. If astragalus, modified citrus pectin, melatonin, etc... could be patented they would have been thoroughly researched and patented by Big Pharma a long time ago. BTW, all of the aforementioned have been proven to be useful adjunctive therapies for patients with cancer. Search PubMed.”

Bob Metcalfe on Nov 16, 2012 at 18:13:59

The Hidden Dangers of Drinking Water

The Hidden Dangers of Drinking Water

Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 19:15:23 in Healthy Living

“About that petition idea...Anti-fluoridationists recently tried to whip up enthusiasm for a petition to stop fluoridation in Bozeman, Montana. But they were only able to collect 5% of the signatures needed for a referendum. I guess the people of Bozeman appreciate having fewer cavities and lower dentist bills.”

pantlesspenguin on Aug 4, 2012 at 18:48:50

“I think people should have a choice of drinking water with fluoride and without. We don't have a say whether we want it in our water or not, it's just added, If you want to drink fluoridated water that's fine, you should add it to your OWN water. NOT force it into everyone else's!”

nyscof on Jul 23, 2012 at 10:01:42

“No.  the person who spearheaded this was unable to continue.  Bozeman people will continue to spearhead a campaign to stop fluoridation as residents of other cities are doing e.g. Milwaukee, Austin, Wichita, Phoenix, Eudora KS, Ormond Beach FL, Everett WA, Scapposse OR, Crescent City CA, and many more which are joining all the progressive cities that have already stopped or rejected fluoridation http://www.FluorideAction.Net/communities.
The Hidden Dangers of Drinking Water

The Hidden Dangers of Drinking Water

Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 19:08:00 in Healthy Living

“Susanne Bennett writes: "...no diseases have ever been linked to a case of fluoride deficiency."

Well actually, tooth decay is a disease (infection), and there would be less of it without scare-mongering articles like this one. Susanne Bennett's claims are not at all in line with the science.

The Institute of Medicine has classified fluoride a "nutrient," and a pretty important one at that for having strong bones and teeth and even good hearing. Like other nutrient minerals, e.g. iron and calcium, fluoride is beneficial ingested in the right amounts.

Susanne Bennett is, indeed, a chiropractor; on her website she claims to use "muscle testing" (aka applied kinesiology) to diagnose allergies. This is a very silly practice that uses the patient's body like an oiuja board.”

Susanne Bennett on Jul 20, 2012 at 11:31:52

“Fluoride is not a vitamin or an essential mineral. Scurvy is the disease caused by Vitamin C deficiency. Beriberi is the disease caused by Vitamin B1 deficiency. Ricketts is caused by Calcium deficiency.

Infection is not a disease caused by fluoride deficiency.

Dental caries and infection is caused by the most common bacteria in the mouth- Streptococcus Mutans, Eating too much sugar and poor dental hygiene promotes the bacterial growth and decay.”
huffingtonpost entry

How Naturopathic Doctors Are Proving the Value of Integrative Medicine

Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 21:52:11 in Healthy Living

“If you want to know what "degreed" naturopath really offer the public, see a survey conducted in Colorado where these naturopaths are not even licensed to practice. Homeopathy for rattlesnake bite? Wet socks treatment instead of vaccinations?

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/night-of-the-living-naturopaths/

hp blogger John Weeks on Jun 15, 2012 at 02:04:52

“What I would have liked to hear from you is a comment on the value of this research, not some generic, love my friends, hate my enemies statement. We get too much of that from all quarters in this attempt to find the best care, at the right time. So, do you think that trying to find research models - such as these NDs are working to do - that appreciate individualizing care is useful? Do you, who apparently has a negative view of naturopathic doctors, think that Group Health Research Institute was involved in a bogus project when their researchers found those positive outcomes from adjunctive naturopathic treatment. I personally think virtually all clinical research should measure its effect on self-efficacy.”
Raising Children with Unconditional Love

Raising Children with Unconditional Love

Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 15:53:38 in Parents

“The This American Life story "Love is a Battlefield" promotes a fringe therapy and wacko beliefs about attachment that have been denounced by major professional organizations as abusive.”
Home Birth: A Real Alternative

Home Birth: A Real Alternative

Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 16:33:46 in Impact

“Dr. Tuteur defends science-based practices. That makes her a legitimate critic of the safety and efficacy of lay midwifery, which is the issue here. To dismiss her factual points on other grounds is not valid.

As far as social issues go, I have problems with the feminist home birth movement that puts the safety of newborns second to having an "empowering" experience. That's a pretty shallow reason to compromise a child's health.”

hp blogger Limari Colon on Jan 29, 2012 at 15:18:36

“Arguing that home birth is a selfish choice, is like saying women are swlfish because nowadays they choose to work instead of staying home and raise their children. Advances in technology and accessible information has made planned homebrths with highly trained personnel a viable option for low risk women. The medicalization of birth have left many women and children scarred, and I think women have the right to know hospitals are NOT their only choice.”

Joyce Wade on Jan 28, 2012 at 10:42:56

“Her "factual" points? Amy has been caught in her lies numerous times. She stated several times that homebirth causes a 3 times (now 7 times) increase in neonatal mortality. Does she add that in that study they included women not planning a homebirth? It included women who accidentally gave birth at 22 weeks at home and the baby died!! Does that mean homebirth is dangerous? NO! It means home birth without an experienced attendant for a premature baby increases the neonatal mortality risk. That's a very different thing. People who continue to think that anything that comes out of a doctor's mouth is "factual" better think again. Doctors do lie.”
Home Birth: A Real Alternative

Home Birth: A Real Alternative

Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 16:22:19 in Impact

“The lay midwives aren't doing so hot in this country. In Colorado, the figures show 11.3 perinatal deaths per 1,000 births by "direct entry midwives" (DEMs). This is TWICE the state's death rate which includes all high risk pregnancies. What is worse is that the DEMs refute this figure and are unconcerned about making their practice safer.

When before legislature last year, DEMs were more interested in obtaining mandatory reimbursement for their services and the privileges to do suturing and IVs which, considering their level of education, is nothing less than insane.

I used to be a postpartum nurse. I listened to DEM testimony. It revealed a shocking ignorance. For example, DEM proposed a detailed protocol for dealing with maternal hemorrhage, to include IV insertion. This protocol lacked the most helpful measure, i.e. massaging the uterus.

Colorado DEMs average one birth per month. This treats childbirth more as a hobby than a profession. That's no way to keep up skills or be ready for an emergency.

If home birth were safe, physicians and nurse midwives would be providing this service.

If lay midwifery were ethical and safe, these midwives would carry malpractice insurance. Midwives resist carrying liability insurance and in general they aren't required to do so. This gives them a market advantage over hospitals, physicians and nurse-midwives. So who wants the unfair advantage here anyway? It's the midwives. If they provided the protections and the expertise that professionals do, their services wouldn't be so cheap either.”
Home Birth: A Real Alternative

Home Birth: A Real Alternative

Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 15:51:45 in Impact

“In Colorado, I just noted that two CPMs have been disciplined for ignoring the signs of pre-eclampsia, one resulting in a neonate death. Only one lost the right to practice. It appears that most CPMs haven't had any formal OB education, even from their substandard midwife schools. This makes it highly likely that they are going to miss warning signs.”
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