Navelgazing Midwife on the AMA Home Birth Resolution
While I may disagree with her on some of the finer points, Navelgazing Midwife has a reaction to the AMA resolution (and ACOG position) to “support state legislation that… acknowled[es] the concept that the safest setting for labor, delivery and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex,” which we assume means support for legislation that would make it more difficult for women to legally obtain home birth assistance. I think her piece is well worth a read. [Note: If you’re at work and don’t want naked boobies on your screen, wait until later to click on that link.]
In my initial post on the topic, I stated that the resolution “doesn’t do anything to address the reasons why some women choose home birth in the first place” – Navelgazing Midwife discusses precisely this point, asking physicians to “accept that as long as the System remains the way it is, women will continue having home and unassisted births.”
This is an important point, I think. Again, I find it highly unlikely that women themselves would be criminalized for choosing to give birth outside of hospitals or birth centers. Assuming AMA isn’t going to support legislation to incentivize hospital/center birth or encourage it in the more positive sense, that leaves criminalizing providers for attending home births. Much like abortion, women will continue to make this choice for various and personal reasons – the question remains whether they will be able to make it with accountable providers or in an unaccountable underground.