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I guess it's the same in every country though, there is no way to be sure that your LMC is up to scratch. All you can do is ask around, be sure to check their qualifications,and if you feel something isn't right with your LMC, go elsewhere.
The Midwifery Council are implementing new standards starting this year for the Bachelor of Midwifery, which involves the course becoming 3 semesters a year instead of 2, to enable more clinical placements to take place, seeing as the practical knowledge is paramount to being able to practice safely. However, if you attend all 30 births that you need to graduate, and only ever have safe, normal deliveries, then obviously you will only have theoretical knowledge about what to do in a situation like that. Not suctioning the baby's throat is a pretty basic mistake though, and all 3 of those midwives should be held accountable for that. If you can't function properly and remember something as basic as that in a crisis, then IMO you're in the wrong profession.
Go with your gut instinct, if your not comfortable then find someone else. My SIL fired her first midwife when she was 30ish weeks as she wasn't happy with her standard of care.
I'm waiting to hear back from the midwife I had with DS, she was fantastic - unfortunately the time this one is due she'd planned on being on leave. Shes considering taking us on though.
Love my boys M-10/05/08 J-01/12/09
I have just finished reading that book by Lynda Exton- the lady who talked on the show I would definitely recommend you all to read it.
It's crazy in NZ the number of babies dying is rising as is number of mothers and the breastfeeding rates are still falling.
There is no national database of ALL birth outcomes which includes stillborns, many people have been pushing for one for the last 15+ years it is disgraceful.
Midwifes are trained to deal with normal births but research shows that 1/3 births require medical assistance in one form or another.
Seriously though I basically agree with what you've said, very sad and a shame that no one ahs been held accountable. I think it is however ludicrous to suggest that only midwives "c*ck up" and that Drs never make mistakes because that's not true and as usual the implication is that midwives are incompetent and OBS are the "gold standard".
When things go wrong it is easy to say well if "this had happened or we'd done that then the outcome would have been different" and it might have been or it might have changed nothing; it's like saying that giving birth at home is a recipie for disaster because medical treatment isn't immediately available, but this baby was born in a hospital and it still happened there.
Do I believe that 1/3 of all births involve a medical intervention, I do....which I personally find scary but I then ask myself why that is. Is it because the medical profession intefered with the process in the first place by indiucing a woman because she hit a certain number of weeks, is it because there are incompetent people out there practising, is it because women decide what risks they are willing to accept and which ones they aren't taht lead to complications that require intervention or is it most likely a combination of all those things?
I am a big believer in trusting your instincts, if you aren't happy with the care you are receiving then find someone else! I understand that can be hard with the shortages, but because as someone else said the majority of births are without "drama", the experience to deal with that can be hard to come by. Would I like to be able to look somewhere and see what the percentage of good vs bad outcomes are of the person I might choose, maybe, but only with the information to go with it. Let's face it, like most things it is easy to say that an LMC had 5 bad births and only 4 good ones, but what were the circumstances and how "bad" was it?
I would have my midwife again, or any in the co-op because I know them, I know their practices and you see the same women choosing them again and I know these women and I reckon that 9 out of 10 of them wouldn't be repeat consumers if they weren't happy with the care they got; whether the birth went to their plan or not.
Look at it another way............the US is held up as the gold standard of maternity services and look at what they've got there! C-section rates through the roof, intervention at the drop of a hat and no real choice when it comes to bringing new life into the world because the insurance companies have decided what is and isn't acceptable and what is and isn't "safe" and their bf rates, well don't even get me started on that. Thanks but no thanks. LOL I guess that I accept that things could possibly not go how I imagine they should, but I also trust my body and myself to know if something isn't right and to act accordingly. Even if someone has the "best" reputation, doesn't mean they are necessarily the best person for you so I listened to my gut.
Ok, yell away. LOL That is sarcasm by the way in case anyone missed it, I am just used to being yelled at for what I think. smile]
I am so glad that I got out of the US when I did, and certainly before I had children. LOL My bestie friend in high school ended up with a c-section that I am not entirely convinced she actually needed because she went "outside" what the policies were at the hospital and I feel pretty sad for her. I think there is good and bad across the board, and you sound like you were extremely lucky and I say that because from what I have heard OBs and midwives rarely see eye to eye on anything. LOL
So I reckon as long as you do your homework as best you can withing the confines of the current system and listen to your gut it should be alright in the end.
Shame I can't benefit from whatever is in the Huggies water at the moment............
I need a new plan..................any ideas anybody? Feel free to "stalk" me on Facebook if you...ooh wait, he's on facebook too, don't do that (or if you do, email me)!
OOOOOOOOH and sorry for the thread jack. smile] And with that I am off to bed.........no really, I am. LOL