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What Not to Say to a New Mother -- Hospital Staff

What Not to Say to a New Mother -- Hospital Staff

Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 18:03:36 in Parents

“I see your point. How about, simply, "We are doing our check of the baby's vitals." :-)”
What Not to Say to a New Mother -- Hospital Staff

What Not to Say to a New Mother -- Hospital Staff

Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 09:06:26 in Parents

“I find that so heartbreaking! What kind of world is it when nurses are so overworked that they can't spare the energy to to pick up a crying, hours-old baby to help out, when the baby's mother has just had surgery and can't do it?! I'm sorry this was your experience. I'm so sorry that so many people have experiences like this.”
<em>Atlantic Monthly</em> Gets It All Wrong About Home Birth

Atlantic Monthly Gets It All Wrong About Home Birth

Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 10:25:51 in Parents

“Hi Amy.
For those of you who don't know, Amy Tuteur has made a bit of a name for herself responding with the above comment, in her signature all-caps-laden style, whenever the words "home birth" appear on the internet. You can read more about her here: http://www.babble.com/pregnancy/giving-birth/winning-homebirth-debate/ .

But my essay is not a policy argument about home birth. It is an essay about a woman who was cared for in a hospital by an obstetrician. Amy's standard generic comments entirely miss my point. Or, actually, I think, make it perfectly.”

Dana1221 on Mar 21, 2012 at 21:29:10

“Well said! I didn't interpret this piece as a pro-homebirth article. Lately we hear so much about birth control and a abortion. But no one seems to care about what happens in the delivery room. Thank you for bringing light to this! I had a doctor coerce me into an unnecessary c-section by telling me I had a 5% chance of a vaginal birth and that he had 5 other surgeries scheduled that day so I would either go now or be surgery #6. Women have a right to dignity and respect in the birthing process. This is sadly lacking. It's no wonder many women turn to homebirth. As much as Dr Amy rants and raves about homebirth, it's popularity is increasing. And this article gives a wonderful example of appropriate care for a homebirth (transferring to the hospital when things weren't going as smoothly as they should but before an emergency happened). It's a shame the mother wasn't treated with more respect. And for what it's worth, a woman is 3-4 times more likely to die during a repeat c-section (than a vaginal birth after cesarean).... but I guess the moms don't matter.”