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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Not Joining the AMA

Four months ago ACOG came out with a statement condoning homebirths and I posted my response to it. All this was thought to do with the amazing public response to Rikki Lake's documentrary on homebirth.

Now the AMA (American Medical Association tries to outlaw homebirth and back-up the ACOG statement and outlaw homebirth! Kathy has taken time to search and post the complete original document. Here is an excerpt:

"That our American Medical Association support the recent American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) statement that “the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum(sic) period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex, that meets standards jointly outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and ACOG, or in a freestanding birthing center that meets the standards of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, The Joint Commission, or the American Association of Birth Centers” # (New HOD Policy);

and be it further RESOLVED, That our AMA develop model legislation in support of the concept that the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum(sic) period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex, that meets standards jointly outlined by the AAP and ACOG, or in a freestanding birthing center that meets the standards of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, The Joint Commission, or the American Association of Birth Centers.”

EXCUSE ME.... Outlaw homebirth?

One important thing I must say here:

My husband and I ARE not members of the AMA . I have never felt the AMA had my best interest in mind. Not personally, not professionally in their lobbying efforts. Being a member of the AMA is not a requirement for us to practice medicine, be licensed, be certified, see patients, have hospital privileges, etc... Our continuing education needs to be "AMA" approved, but doesn't not have to be sponsored/arranged by the AMA. I do not know how many physicians decline membership to the AMA. I never thought to ask. It doesn't look like they will ever win my membership. I don't need the AMA.

In response to this statement on homebirth:

My blog and my website are filled with details about my homebirth and how I feel about homebirth. I am glad to have a way to express myself against the politics. Women don't need more barriers to homebirth.

When ACOG came out with their statement Permission to Mother was not published yet, but now I can say I have a book that describes in a stepwise, logical progression from medically managed birth to my breech homebirth (where no doubt I was in the safest place for my circumstances).

Permission to Mother is my response to this financially & selfishly motivated statement which does not look out for the best interest of women and their families. I would love to one day know how ACOG and the AMA responds to my book. :) In the meantime I hope it helps you see beyond these political statements and achieve the birth and mothering experience you want.

Do YOU go to a physician that pays AMA dues? Perhaps its time to look for another.

PS- I would spell postpartum without the dash! Why? Go here.

4 comments:

Wendy said...

If we only had more doctors like your husband and you!! Thank you for your *true* service to women, and for taking a stand against the tyrannical AMA.

fitncrafty said...

It is encouraging to see that physicians will stand up for what they believe in. It is important to belong to organizations that help you achieve your goals. Too often now medical and other organizations are more politically based not even thinking about the well being of the patient. Outlawing homebirth is a huge step back in our rights. Have we forgotten that for thousands of years women have given birth in huts, caves, barns and whereever else that baby decided to be born? Thank you for taking a stand for our choices!

Red said...

It still amazes me that they can leagalize abortions(I used that just as a reference) but we may not be able to birth at home.

*Flips off the AMA*

Tam said...

Oh Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I'm sure the way you think and act is NOT popular with your peers. But THANK YOU for standing up for what you feel is best and right for you and other mothers and not bending under pressure!

God Bless YOU!!!!!

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