Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My thoughts on the AMA and ACOG

Apparently the AMA and ACOG aren't too happy about The Business of Being Born; you know the movie that Ricki Lake put out about how birth is viewed in the US, and which also casts a positive light on home births. You know what I'm not so happy about, the Cesarean Rate in this country that is more than double what is recommended by the WHO.
According to a study by the CDC

The cesarean delivery rate rose 4 percent in 2005 to 30.2 percent of all births, a record high for the nation. The cesarean rate has risen 46 percent since 1996."
So the U.S. has a C-section rate of above 30% while the WHO states that no region in the world is justified in having a cesarean rate greater than 10 to 15 percent.
Its amazing to me that the countries that honor birth as a natural occurrence in life have lower c-section rates and a lower maternal morbidity rate. You would think instead of attacking the idea that birth is not a medical condition the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists would see that our country is lacking in this area and try to learn from those who are doing better. It angers me that many of my friends and family are recovering from surgery's that they didn't need to have because these institutions will not admit that we are below par in these areas.

As you can see from above, we're not the worst in the area of Maternal deaths but we're also not the best. Why not learn from countries that are doing better than we are in this area.


By the way-I've scheduled posts that I've already written to be published both this week and next. I will not be checking up on everyone else's blogs or commenting till probably the beginning of July. So I didn't abandon you :)


mama k said...

What scares me the most is that our mortality rates are on the RISE. That should be a huge red flag for the ACOG to re-examine how they are handling things.

There is simply no excuse for such a great and affluent country like ours to be near the bottom of the list for mother/baby deaths during birth. No excuse.

mama k said...

PS I mean we are near the bottom of the list for developed countries, not the whole world. If I remember correctly, we are second to last when compared to other developed countries.