Thursday, August 07, 2008

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So here's what happened. I got an email a couple of days ago off the doula list serve that a local DO and her partner CNM had their privileges suspended at a local hospital. This is a group that is highly regarded and recommended in the community. The were the first doctor midwife and midwife for this particular hospital. I don't know the circumstances for the suspension (the community is abuzz with speculation) but no one really knows because they are not supposed to speak about it. This action is not based on a consumer complaint (these women are well loved and respected). A local homebirth midwife called a letter writing campaign to support them and hopefully get their privileges reinstated. We did the letter writing thing last night, about 25 moms and a couple of dads got together at our local birthing center (which just recently reopened) and wrote all these nice letters. The homebirth midwife and I will deliver them to the hospital this morning, as the big meeting with the DO and CNM is tonight- of course its a closed meeting.

This makes me so angry. Another CNM under attack by her own facility. I've seen so many CNMs in this city tiptoeing through practice in order not to upset the apple cart. Sometimes even being sabotaged by their own success. Physicians complain if their practices grow too big or too fast. Babies born in a squat on the floor instead of on the bed, well we can't have that. The list goes on and on. Those few practitioners who doggedly try to make changes in the hospital setting have to constantly watch their backs for things like this. Even their labor nurses will rat them out if they deviate from 'the norm.' Its difficult to be an agent for change, whether you are on the inside or the outside. My challenge right now is to keep the bigger picture in mind- it's not just about these two practitioners, its about all the women they serve. All the women due right now, who will have to be delivered by 'the physician on call' if they go into labor this week, or find a new care provider at term. This is untenable. This is unethical. Women deserve better than this.

So I'll put a smile on my face, be nice, and deliver the letters, and hope they get read, and responded to. If not, we may have to kick things up a notch...

32 comments:

Laurel said...

Praying about this situation, Sherry. Please let me know if there is anything FoMM can do to help.

Laborpayne said...

Thanks Laurel,
I'll keep you posted on how things go, especially after the big meeting this evening.

Anonymous said...

This makes so angry! How sad for your community and all of those women who are close to delivery! This has to be so stressful for them and their babies! If the AMA and ACOG are so worried about homebirth then they should not let situations like this happen! What is wrong with providing homebirth type care in the hospital??
I just found out that Dr Phil is doing a show on homebirth and he is asking people to email him if you have strong feelings for or against it. I emailed him. You should too. He should hear about stories like this!
http://www.drphil.com/plugger/respond/?plugID=12471

Anonymous said...

Please keep us posted. I have a feeling that this practice is who I planned to go to for future births. I am about to cry!

Anonymous said...

What can we do? This is my physician. I checked the hospital website and she's been removed. I am completely panicked. Completely scared.

Laborpayne said...

I'm waiting to hear the outcome of last night's meeting- but we are making plans for a response.

Diana J. said...

Just found your blog!! Wow, how fun!! Looks like we're on the same page! Good work!!

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www.birthingathome.blogspot.com

Betsy Jane Johnson said...

I am currently (very) pregnant with my third child and really hoping for a midwife assisted delivery.
I am having trouble, obviously, locating anyone. In fact, I am considering returning to my hometown of Ann Arbor, MI and staying in a hotel to avoid another hospital delivery, if I really have to.
I had my first 2 at hospitals. The first delivery was typical for new mom- University hospital, I have SPD (Pelvic displacement/dysfunction), so I had slow labor and ended up with forcep/vaginal "c-section" and was rammed through every medical intervention 3 unsuccesful epidurals, a spinal tap for a possible c-section that did not occur, pitocin, drugs, you name it, they did it to me.
#2 - I used Bradley Method in a small rural hospital, showed up when I was already 8cm and labored there for 2 hours with no IV and no drugs, baby came easily.
#3 I would like to avoid MO hospitals completely.
PLEASE contact me if you have any reccomendations/advice so that I do not have to leave the state!
nospamkaj@hotmail.com
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Uh Oh. I think one woman at MOM2MOM had this practice for her vbac, and I was trying to go to her for my yearly so if I get pregnant again I can avoid what happened to me last time.

Not a happy camper.

Dawn

Laborpayne said...

Nice blog DJ
BJ, before you pack up and flee the state, try the birth center in KCKS. 913-621-0074

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