“The more the practice of midwifery grows and succeeds, the more threatening midwives are to the obstetric monopoly, so, predictably, there has been an obstetric backlash.” — Marsden Wagner, M.D., former Director of Women’s and Children’s Health at the World Health Organization.
And so it seems, as of February 6, 2008, that we are seeing this backlash from the
“As midwifery becomes better established in the United States, it becomes more difficult for the obstetric establishment to perpetuate the myth that midwives are not as safe as doctors,” says Marsden Wagner in his book, Born in the USA. Posturing and an “our-way-is-the-only-way” attitude will be seen for the empty threats that they represent. American women are strong, capable and smart enough to figure out that what this really represents is a power struggle that really has no place in her own birth experience. Women are capable of doing the research (and 5,000 birthing women across North
So, instead of the backlash, instead of the resistance to change, substantiated by evidence-based research, instead of the defensive posturing, perhaps ACOG could use their dollars to support women’s choice, to honor women’s process and continue to improve upon collaborative efforts between doctors and out-of-hospital practitioners. Other countries already know that home birth is a cost-effective, safe and satisfying option for women. Will we always be last in regards to infant morbidity and mortality and will ACOG, who arguably directs maternity care in the
Does anyone else feel the resonance with this and how global warming was treated at first. The truth is so threatening to the status quo. ACOG is defending their territory. But guess what? Birthing in America does not belong to ACOG. It does not belong to midwives. It belongs to women—healthy, smart, capable women who can make a choice.