I have to admire this doc's candor but do not agree with his stance on so many things. The evidence strongly suggests that many of the things he is intent on doing are either a) not helpful; or b) downright harmful.
And honestly I am a huge believer that at home deliveries are just stupid. I have seen bad things happen REALLY fast in what was EXPECTED to be a totally normal and routine delivery.
And on the flipside, I have seen things happen in hospital deliveries resulting in very very bad (unnecessarily so) outcomes that would not have happened had the delivery occurred at home. The evidence strongly suggests that home delivery is safe in low-risk pregnancies, and in many industrialized nations, birth takes place at home all the time, with very very few preventable bad outcomes. Have you by chance looked at Ina May Gaskin's numbers?
As far as the Bradley method-- done by the book so to say this plan is a huge pain in the butt!!
A pain in the butt for whom? It's her birth experience, not mine.
And my biggest problem with it is that it tells not to have a baby getting the meds that are standard to give on delivery-- The shot of Vit.K which is needed for the baby to be able to clot his own blood--adults produce Vit. K in the intestinal tract, by bacteria there...this does not happen right away in babies.
This is not quite the catastrophe it's being made out to be. The human race survived for many many years without Vitamin K. It does little or nothing to prevent early onset HDN, and the incidence of late-onset HDN is around 7 in 100,000 in babies that don't get the Vit K. Did I get it for my son? Sure. But do I get all in a hot mess if parents don't want it? Not at all.
They should get Erythromycin ointment in the eyes to prevent infections from causing blindness....
....infections that mom has been tested for (at least in my facility) upon admission. If she comes back GC & Chlam negative, there is absolutely no good reason to give the drops. Again, I got them for my son. But the next baby, I might forgo them. No need to treat for an infection Mom doesn't have.
Too many woman forget that childbirth is serious and babies die and moms die when doctors are not allowed to do everything they can to protect thier patients
Forgive me for disagreeing so much, but too many doctors and nurses (I'm including myself here) forget that childbirth is a normal
, common experience that has worked well for millenia
, if not millions of years. Women and their babies are made to be able to handle it. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Babies die and moms die when doctors intervene too much too. We have got to get out of this collective mindset that normal vaginal delivery is a retrospective dx.
And really things like being required to have an IV.....I always have though this should be done. Its there if you need it in an emergency. No wasted time. Your life and your babies are worth it.
You know, I didn't have a problem with having IV access during my labor. But there are several nurses/midwives on this board practicing in other countries that do not routinely put IVs in laboring women....and have never had a problem getting access when seconds count.
I am sorry if this comes across as a personal attack on you, because it's not. I just strongly disagree w/ many of the ideas. It's been my experience that we cause more problems than we fix with all our interventions, well-intended though they may be.