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