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Home Birth in the New York Times and the Choices in Childbirth Statement

November 14, 2008

I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but the New York Times this week featured a fairly lengthy piece on home birth. I’m cracking up that they put it in the “Home & Garden” section (instead of, say, “Health,”) alongside headlines such as “Flatware as Finery.”

Speaking of birth, my post yesterday for Our Bodies Our Blog was on the Choices in Childbirth statement, which encourages options in birth and is being signed by physicians, educators, midwives, and other advocates. Head on over for details.

[Christine also posted with the embedded video of that Colbert Report clip I mentioned.]

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2008 12:40 pm

    I had to wonder, too, why the home & garden section for that article. But they put a big slant on the logistics of how to birth in a cramped NYC apartment occurs. Of course they had the obligatory opposing sides from AMA and ACOG, but overall not all that bad of an article.

  2. November 17, 2008 12:29 pm

    Weird on the Home and Garden bit. Birth pool as a decorating suggestion?

    Not a bad article. I’m especially pleased that it contrasted the American medical mindset with that of Brittain. The fact that the rest of the civilized world considers home birth “acceptable” was the primary thing that convinced my husband about our own home birth. At first, he considered it “hippy bunk.” Now he’s a very vocal advocate (of course, he was also a big women’s rights advocate to begin with, so, one more choice is just more fuel to his fire LOL).

    How lovely to see more women (and men) being educated as to choices and facts!

  3. November 17, 2008 4:45 pm

    Be glad they didn’t stick it in the “Styles” section, which is where they usually stick cultural topics that affect women.

  4. Ethel permalink
    November 18, 2008 4:12 pm

    NYTimes always posts such articles in all the sections that are appropriate online – the front page, Homes and Gardens, and Health all had the article in them in this case. Overall it’s good to have more people thinking about avoiding a hospital to give birth at the end of a healthy pregnancy.

  5. November 18, 2008 4:35 pm

    Ethel, hmmm, I couldn’t find it in “Health” when I looked online the other day. I’m still not seeing it now if they’ve added a link there, but could be missing it.

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