The study (led by OSU assistant professor and midwife Melissa Cheyney) looked at birth records in Oregon’s Jackson County from 1998 through 2003 to determine whether a correlation existed between poor health outcomes and homebirths.
While the study didn’t find a link between the two factors it did reveal ongoing conflicts between doctors and midwives with physicians asserting that only hospital births were safe. This finding is in line with a 2008 American Medical Association resolution (pdf), which stated:
The safest setting for labor, delivery and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex.
Have you given birth in a hospital or with the help of a midwife? What was your experience? Did you experience tension between doctors and midwives?
Are you a doctor or a midwife? What conflict exists between the two professions?
Special thanks to moline543, who suggested a show about homebirths and midwifery a few months ago. We liked the pitch, but wanted to wait until the issue had gained some newsy prominence. Now it has.
- Holly Scholles: Direct-entry midwife and president of the Oregon Midwifery Council
- Karen Adams: OBGYN and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University
- Gail Littlejohn: Director of Family Birth Place at Adventist Medical Center