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Volume 36 ~*~ 15 May 2007

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  • Illinois lawmakers may license midwives

    ...The Illinois Senate voted 51-7 last month to legally recognize and
    license certified professional midwives. It also approved, 35-21, the creation of 10 "birthing centers" that
    would be something of a compromise between hospitals and homes. Under
    a pilot program, the centers would be staffed by nurse-midwives and
    would not have the full medical resources of a hospital. Both measures now go to the Illinois House...

  • Look at numbers on midwife birth bill

    ...New Hampshire Certified Midwives' total fee for the same low-risk
    birth (including prenatal care, birth, OB equipment/supplies,
    postpartum care) is $3,000. Having the same 216 babies delivered by
    midwives would have saved insurance companies $1.18 million.

    Low-risk birth at a local hospital: $24,315. Same low-risk birth at
    home with a certified midwife: $3,000. The total insurance companies
    would save in both practitioner charges and facility fees is $5.07
    million in just one year if those babies had been born at home with
    certified midwives...

  • The great birthing con is taking choice away

    Australia's caesarean rate is too high, but the Government is too
    scared to take on the doctors' lobby and legislate for midwife care, writes Catherine Deveny.

In The Research

From the Women of ICAN

The Incredible Post of the Month from the ICAN yahoogroup comes to us from Jen in CA. Jen reminds us that we're all in this together, no matter how many cuts we have.

What is especially interesting is rather than banning actions that
increase the risk of UR, such as induction/augmentation in VBACing
women, they ban VBACs. What's next? Banning vaginal birth all
together because they don't want to take the 0.5% risk of cord
prolapse? This is just getting so lame.

I think ALL birthing women need to protest.

I personally would not feel safe at a hospital that does not permit
VBACs, whether my uterus was scarred or not. If they cannot
accommodate a medical emergency such as uterine rupture, how could they
possibly respond and treat other real, but rare, labor emergencies such
as cord prolapse or placental abruption, both of which require the baby
being born ASAP usually by immediate c-sections? How could any mother
labor in confidence knowing that if something went drastically wrong,
that hospital could not quickly respond?

At which point, why even go to a hospital? I always thought that was
the point of hospitals in terms of birth - to treat the very rare
complications that require immediate surgical intervention. If
hospitals eliminate their ability to rapidly respond to a medical
emergency requiring a surgical birth, how is laboring at a hospital
like that any different than laboring at home? People labor in the
hospital for that minute "what if" chance thinking that they will be
safe. Thinking that laboring at a hospital is safer than home. But if
a hospital labels itself as non-VBAC friendly, they have labeled
themselves unsafe for any laboring woman.

Hospitals which do not permit VBACs are unsafe to all women and laboring
women should avoid them. We need to send a message with our money and
our babies by only laboring at VBAC-friendly hospitals - the only safe
choice for any laboring woman. Maybe we should just all birth at home
so they can feel the impact when we don't go to their hospital AT ALL
unless we actually need surgical birth.

Email all your pregnant/childbearing age friends and tell them that St.
Luke's has said that they are unsafe location to birth. Stress how if
they can't respond to UR, they can't respond to any birth emergency.
The only way St. Luke's will change their policy is if they see a drop
in their revenue from women choosing other locations to birth.

Get Active

ICAN Advocacy Committee

Are you fed up with the state of birth in America?

Do you find yourself fantasizing about "doing something" about it?

Have I got a proposition for YOU!

I am the new Advocacy Director for ICAN. I am recruiting people to be
on my committee -- to discuss, refine and make recommendations to the
Board and then follow through on those recommendations. Many hands
make for light work so the more people who are willing to do a little
bit, there less we each have to do and the more we get done.

If you are interested, please advocacy@ican-online.org">email me to let me know and I'll send
you an invite to the list.

And, just to spread the interest around, Advocacy will be working
quite closely with Development and PR -- so if either of those areas
are a bit more in your interest, please contact those directors --
pr@ican-online.org">PR or development@ican-online.org">Development .

Birth World Congress

September 27 to 30, 2007
Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Barbara Harper, Waterbirth International, is putting together an
international conference that is sure to inspire and educate (go to the
link above for full information and list of speakers). Mark your
calendars now! Early bird discount registration until May. I hope to
see you there. Gloria Lemay, Vancouver


When you are searching online, go to www.goodsearch.com
and type in "International Cesarean Awareness Network" as the
organization to support. ICAN's main address is Redondo Beach, which
should pop up automatically (typing "ICAN" won't get it to come up).
Each search gives .01 to ICAN. Doesn't sound like much, but the pennies
add up!

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