Monday, February 19, 2007

ACOG strongly opposes births that will undermine OB income

If the internet is to be believed, this is the content of a recent ACOG position paper on homebirth:

ACOG Statement of PolicyAs issued by the ACOG Executive Board

Labor and delivery is a physiologic process that most women experience without complications. Ongoing surveillance of the mother and fetus is essential because serious intrapartum complications may arise with little or no warning, even in low risk pregnancies. In some of these instances, the availability of expertise and interventions on .an urgent or emergent basis may be life-saving for the mother, the fetus or the newborn and may reduce the likelihood of an adverse outcome. For these reasons, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) believes that the hospital, including a birthing center within a hospital complex, that conforms to the standards outlined by American Academy of Pediatrics and ACOG,1 is the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period. ACOG also strongly supports providing conditions that will improve the birthing experience for women and their families without compromising safety.

Studies comparing the safety and outcome of U.S. births in the hospital with those occurring in other settings are limited and have not been scientifically rigorous. The development of well-designed research studies of sufficient size, prepared in consultation with obstetric departments and approved by institutional review boards, might clarify the comparative safety of births in different settings. Until the results of such studies are convincing, ACOG strongly opposes out-of-hospital births. Although ACOG acknowledges a woman’s right to make informed decisions regarding her delivery, ACOG does not support programs or individuals that advocate for or who provide out-of-hospital births.

1American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 5th Edition. Elk Grove Village, IL, AAP/ACOG, 2002.

Approved by the Executive Board October 2006
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists409 12th Street, SW, PO Box 96920.Washington, DC 20090-6920

Are we surprised?

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Blogger mm said...

Nope, no surprises.
Sad, so very sad though...
I stand by my reply to people who remark "I'd be too scared to not be at a hospital! You're brave."
I'm not the brave one, the women who walk into the hospitals are.
Canada has a similar remark about homebirth...
bah :<

2:26 PM  
Blogger I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

Omigosh...Not surprised...but wow. Still.

5:32 AM  
Blogger cooler*doula said...

Disgraceful, really...

I too hear how much 'safer' it is in hospital... Actually - there's a US study that says that just isn't so...

8:20 AM  
Blogger mama o' the matrices said...

not at all surprised. Impressed, though, at the ACOG's lack of self-examination.

A tightening of control is not the same thing as a considered move to ensure safety and best outcome for patients.

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