Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sometimes a story is worth a thousand statistics

Powerful words from a neonatal nurse who tried to save a baby after fetal distress at an attempted homebirth:
Here is my question: when did the mother's "birth experience" become more important than the safe delivery of her baby? Here's a tip: it's awfully hard to "bond" with a newborn who is, you know, dead.
Read the entire story at Please Don't Try This At Home on Marcia's blog. Sometimes an excess rate of preventable neonatal deaths at homebirth of 1-2/1000 seems trivial. Clearly, it's not.

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