And then just this morning I came across a website that is working to save homebirth in Pennsylvania. The state has ordered a homebirth midwife to “cease and desist from the practice of medicine and midwifery.” Folks think that this is a test case for the state to begin cracking down on all homebirth midwives.
For those of you who don't know, I had Taisim at home, and homebirth is a great option, and one that should be available to everyone.
Here are some facts that I pulled from the PA savehomebirth.com site:
- The U.S. ranks 27th for infant mortality in the industrialized world, below Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
- A newborn is 3 times as likely to die in the U.S. as in Japan.
- Planned homebirths have infant mortality rates equal to Japan's, which are the lowest in the world. (see below)
- Homebirth midwives are specialists in homebirth.
- Certified nurse midwives are not required to attend homebirths as a part of their training.
- The U.S. ranks below 20 other countries in rates of maternal deaths
- Countries in which homebirth attended by midwives is widely available have lower infant mortality rates and lower maternal mortality rates than the U.S.