Steve Calvin M.D. on pregnancy care, health care reform, and innovation

Read this book…Optimal Care in Childbirth

Henci Goer and Amy Romano MSN, CNM have just released a new book, Optimal Care in Child Birth.  If you want an improved pregnancy care system I recommend that you get this book and read it.   It is a comprehensive case for the physiologic approach to birth care.  The authors are knowledgable and passionate.  They make a compelling case for giving all mothers pregnancy care options that are safe, sane, and satisfying.  They have inspired me.  Read it and tell me what you think.

Pregnancy is not a disease.

Of course – pregnancy is not a disease.  Three prominent midwife organizations just released a very important consensus statement regarding physiologic childbirth.  This is further evidence of that important insight:

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This well documented argument for normal physiologic childbirth must be the foundation for all pregnancy care reform efforts.





Introducing Pregnant Pauses

After more than 30 years of practice as an OB/GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist you might think that I would have this whole pregnancy care thing figured out.  You would be wrong.  Every day I learn something new and much of what I learn is confirmation that pregnancy is not a disease.  Unfortunately the current system always assumes problems and sometimes even causes them.

As a committed pregnancy care reform advocate I am constantly reading, networking, and thinking of better ways to provide care for mothers and babies.  Putting those thoughts into words is a valuable discipline. I will use this blog as a way to communicate those thoughts.  Let’s call it “Pregnant Pauses”.

I know that many of you also envision an improved pregnancy care system that provides satisfying, high quality care at a more reasonable price.  Pregnant Pauses will be a forum for us to interact.  I look forward to the conversation.