Friday, February 6, 2009

Welcome to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Hello, Alice! Welcome to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, where everything that is, isn't, everything that isn't, may be, and everything you think you know is absolute nonsense.

Would you like a cup of tea?

(Too) much press has been given to the mother who recently gave birth to octuplets. I don't care why she wanted more children. I don't care about anything relating to this story except this: why would a doctor allow or enable this mother to make such a potentially life-threatening choice for herself and her babies, but women all over this country are not allowed to make the far less dangerous decision of having a VBAC?

Switch seats! Move down, move down!

Jill found this study. I won't post the abstract because Jill has already done that. I will say that what it shows is that it's not only the VBAC mothers who are at risk for uterine rupture. Will ACOG admit this? Issue a new practice bulletin, perhaps? Will OBs stop the near-universal use of Pitocin? Probably not. What will probably happen is that mothers will continue to be told that Pitocin is safe, that their risk of uterine rupture is zero if they haven't had a cesarean, and that it's too risky to have a VBAC.

Your glass isn't empty, clean cup! Clean cup! Move down!

Now for the grand finale. It seems as though the state of California has suspended state regulations in order for Nurse Midwives, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners to be trained to perform abortions. From the article:

According to State Sen. Sam Annestad, a Republican from Grass Valley, the goal of the abortion program that carefully was concealed behind the description "expanding early pregnancy care" apparently is to train medical assistants to do abortions.

In a website commentary about his discoveries, Aanestad said it apparently was begun in 2006 without legislative oversight and involves the state and several foundations contributing financially to the "pilot program" at Planned Parenthood abortion businesses in three cities.

He said not only has the abortion-training program been concealed behind a "pregnancy care" label, state regulations have been suspended in order to allow "Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants" to do procedures for which they would not ordinarily be considered qualified.

So, in many states we won't allow midwives to attend normal, healthy births...why? Because of the risk that mother or baby might die? However, in California midwives are being trained to (depending on your views of when life begins) end the life of a baby or prevent that life from ever beginning.

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? ~from Alice in Wonderland


Anonymous said...

Ugh, I hadn't heard about the pro-abortion midwife thing yet. The others I had recently read about (I guess we read the same blogs!), :-) but this was new. And sad. Why allow midwives to preside over the death of a living fetus, but not allow them to preside over their live births?

A couple of years ago, I read about a young woman who chose to have a home birth with a midwife when her baby was breech, and sadly the baby got stuck and died. This woman had considered abortion earlier in pregnancy (being young and unmarried) but chose life; she just didn't like the "automatic C-section" as her only other option. There were calls on the part of doctors and some officials to investigate the midwife for presiding over the breech birth-death, yet this young mother pointed out how ridiculous it was that she legally would have been able to kill her baby if she wanted to, but then her midwife could be persecuted/prosecuted for the accidental death of the baby?


Stassja said...

Gosh, it really makes no sense at all. What a headache.

Michele said...

Ugh. My head is just spinning. The Alice in Wonderland analogy is PERFECT.

Jill said...

OMG, I hadn't heard the abortion one yet. How ridiculous! And you're right, that hadn't occured to me about the octuplets. Mad Tea Party indeed! It boggles the mind!

Hialeah Mom said...

Kudos for posting this ... this situation in California is absolutely ridiculous and you are right about how "mad" it is. The analogy to Alice is so fitting.

Keep up the great work!!