The Birthing Corner…                                  Series 100 1/20/16

Coming to you, our clients and Future clients from NHBC, North Houston Birth Center.

Hello! On behalf of the NHBC staff, I Anna, am your informant… Informant, I like that word… It makes it sound like a conspiracy… But, in true honesty, we are not too far above that suspicion by the majority of people… Most people believe that to have a “natural” childbirth at a birth center and NOT at a hospital is part of a conspiracy to bring back unsafe and unscientific methods of having a baby…

Even if someone has never been to a hospital for any real medical reason or emergency, most people continue to choose a hospital over a birth center; and oh yes, let’s not even begin talking about “home” births… “Well that is downright primitive”, is the thought of some folks…

In fact, I have an acquaintance who didn’t know what I did for a living and said exactly that about birthing babies naturally in a birth center or at home.

"It’s Primitive," she said… I just smiled

I told her no apologies were required; I was quite use to being criticized and made light of the knowledge I had about “natural childbirth”.

Which brings me to a topic that has come to light about the increase in Maternal deaths in the United States.

 

This was posted by Healthimpactnews.com.  The title is disturbing… what do you think?

Here’s the title:  OBSCENE Increase in Maternal Mortality Rates in the United States…       

 What does this mean? Was my first question.   The definition for obscene is , offensive or disgusting by accepted standards of Morality and decency.  Wow!!! I said, that is pretty strong language… BUT after reading the statistics I had to agree.

As you may already know, United States out of all other industrialized countries spend the most money on health care... so how can this situation be happening?  This is what I read.. Now you can find out...

According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, United States has gone from 12 maternal deaths per 100,000 per year to a whopping 28 maternal deaths per 100,000 per year... Twenty-eight maternal deaths doesn't sound too impressive as compared to the number of deaths due to traffic accidents... But, these people were on the road and not at a hospital where it has been said to be the "safest" place to have a baby... 

So as the "informant" that I am...I just thought you might want to find out why this is happening and help spread a word of caution as to why a hospital birth may not be the safest place to have a baby...

In my next informant job, I will try my best to inform you about how hospital practices have contributed to the increase in Maternal Deaths which is currently happening.

Chat with you soon...

Anna your Informant at the Info Chat Birthing Corner...:)

North Houston Birth Center