Sunday, August 2, 2009
Obama, what we can do for health care
Jennifer Block is, again, on her toes.
"Compared to healthy women who get standard obstetric care and deliver on high-tech labor and delivery wards, women with low-risk pregnancies who get care with a midwife and deliver in birth centers or even in their own homes, benefit from a five-fold decrease in the chance of a cesarean delivery, more success with breastfeeding, and less likelihood that their baby will be born too early or end up in intensive care. And all of this for a fraction of the cost of the status quo. A new economic analysis forecasts savings of $9.1 billion per year if 10 percent of women planned to deliver out of hospital with midwives. "
We live the savings. And not only savings, but as midwives, we see the spirit of a woman grow as she herself gives birth to her baby. The family benefits. Its just not corporate.
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