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Ricki Lake Reamed for Promoting Home Birth
Would you give birth in your bathtub?
–Julie Ryan Evans
So apparently the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association are up in arms about Ricki Lake’s promotion of home births.
After one hospital birth, she chose to have her second son at home, which she documented in her film The Business of Being Born. And the docs don’t like it, which made they known in a recently released statement that singles Ricki out.
Personally, I’m all for all the medical invention and PAIN MEDICINE I can get, but I totally understand and respect a woman’s choice to do otherwise. For goodness sake, women did it for hundreds of years.
And according to the Citizens for Midwifery, there are many benefits to home births, such as a reduction in:
• the risk of infection
• risks from unnecessary interventions
• maternal morbidity rates from complications and interventions
• risks from errors in hospitals
• interference in bonding and breastfeeding from hospital policies
• risks from poor staffing levels in hospitals
• the risks of tampering with the baby
While there’s heated debate over the topic in general, there does seem to be some consensus that home delivery is best for mothers without risk factors, and there are precautions that can be taken to ensure the best outcome, such as these offered by Parents.com.