Thursday, October 09, 2008

UC neonatal death 20 times higher than hospital rate

An MDC member has just updated the statistics for planned unassisted births among MDC members. The death rate for UC is appallingly high at 8/1000. Compare that to national statistics for low risk hospital births attended by a CNM with a death rate of 0.37/1000. That means that the UC death rate on MDC is 20 TIMES the death rate that would be anticipated for low risk women in a hospital.

UC is a form of medical neglect, and babies are paying the price. Indeed, yet another UC death was reported on MDC within the last few days. The baby was born and appeared to be well. The parents fell asleep and when they woke up, the baby was dead. The presumed diagnosis, pending an autopsy, is undiagnosed heart disease.


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