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Yes, the Pang study.
Originally posted by mbp:
Is the "other" study that you refer to the ACOG one from late '02/early '03 from WA state?
I suppose if they did, they'd risk putting themselves out of work. Obstetrics is already in so much trouble. But other major medical organizations in the world do acknowledge midwifery and homebirth as safe, cost effective options.
Has ACOG or AAFP published that homebirth is as safe?
Good research is good research no matter who's doing it. Nursing and midwifery is held to the same high standards of peer reviewed research as is a researcher in any other field. However, there are studies published by doctors in medical journals. Here are some:
Everytime I do a journal search for the evidence I only see Midwifery Today or other midwife journals with this evidence. I'm not disputing you, I just would love to know which resources you refer to!!
You're right. There are some great OB's and great hospitals out there. However, we're kidding ourselves if we think most women in the US deliver in any other position besides supine. Many women don't have the ability to choose better hospitals or better obstetricians for a variety of reasons - not the least of which are insurance and accessibility.
As a quick side note, though, don't imply that a hospital birth necessitates continuous fetal monitoring and flat on your back delivery--it doesn't.