Ricki Lake’s, ‘The Business of Being Born’ film caught the attention of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and American Medical Association AMA and they now are making a resolution against homebirth. Read the resolution here: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/471/205.doc
I find it hilarious that they say the public shouldn’t look to celebrities when making decisions about birth, whereby following the ‘trends’. That is absolutely right, that the public should not follow the ‘celebrity trend’ especially in birth which most of whom have had cesareans.
It’s so disheartening to see the AMA and the ACOG make these resolutions, because they are not for the benefit or safety for mother’s and babies but to make sure they don’t lose money.
A paragraph from the BOBB newsletter dated 6/18/2008-“Medical News Today reports that “about 8.2% of infants born in the US in 2005 had low birth weights, the highest percentage since 1968.” US infant mortality rates continue to rank us below 30 other countries, 22% of pregnancies are induced, and most worrisome of all, in the last 4 years, the maternal mortality rate has risen above 10 per 100,000 for the first time since 1977. To us, these seem like the troubling trends, not home birth.”