Evidence-Based Maternity Care

Consumer Reports has published an excellent article based on the report “Evidence Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Do” published last fall by Childbirth Connection, the Reforming States Group and Milbank Memorial Fund.  The article summarizes the main points made in the much longer report.

The Consumer Reports article can be read at:


and includes a quiz (http://www.consumerreports.org/health/medical-conditions-treatments/pregnancy-childbirth/maternity-care/maternity-care-quiz/maternity-care-quiz.htm).  The first question is (answer true or false): An obstetrician will deliver better maternity care, overall, than a midwife or family doctor.  Each question includes an explanation of the correct answer.

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  1. mommyghee said,

    February 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    The acceptance of home birth seems to be coming out of the dark ages and I am all for it, it’s something all pregnant mommys should consider.

  2. schuchmann said,

    February 18, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I must disagree that the interest in home birth is coming out of the dark ages. Home birthers would be glad you are all for what they are doing, but they may take offense with that statement about the dark ages.

    Current research and studies have shown that giving birth at home with a qualified birth professional such as a Certified Professional Midwife is completely safe and healthy. Parents choosing home birth are modern, intelligent, educated, and informed!

    Check out the CPM 2000 study published in the British Medical Journal at http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/330/7505/1416?ehom

  3. mommyghee said,

    February 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Perhaps I chose the wrong words. I was attempting to say that most “modern day Western medicine” physicians would see home birthing as something less that cutting edge of health care. They would love to suppress any enlightened young woman who would opt for this choice. I personally feel it is in the mothers and child’s best interests to come into the world this way. There are some that would prefer home births to be seen as something from the dark ages. I am a huge fan of alternative, complimentary medicine on all levels. I’m just not very articulate. Sorry.

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