Wednesday, November 11, 2009

From VBAC to NHS to Health Freedom Acts

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,  World War I ended.
Today is Veterans Day! Whether it's a World War II Vet, Korean Vet,  Vietnam Vet, Gulf War I, or returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, remember to thank them for their service to this great country.


Over a dozen amazing seminars and speakers have been announced for the 2010. Controversies in Childbirth Conference, February 19th through 21st in Tampa, Florida.

Over the next few days. I'll be blogging about the seminars, but you can go to the website today at:

Using Health Freedom Acts to Give Pregnant Patients What They Want
Are you tired of all the hand wringing and finger-pointing that occurs when a pregnant woman asks her, midwife, doctor or hospital for something and they say “NO” such as: no fetal monitor, vaginal breech delivery, or VBAC? Then they blame each other for the prohibition.

A few states have enacted, "Health Freedom Acts" that allows healthcare providers. under certain circumstances, to go against the conventional wisdom of their college or regulatory boards.

Florida attorney Max R. Price, was instrumental in passing and defending the law in the State of Florida. Obstetricians, midwives, chiropractors and other healthcare professionals have an amazing weapon at their disposal to help their clients/patients, yet many do not know that the law exists or that it can be easily lobbied for in those states that have not yet and. enacted As legislation.

Max will explain the scope and limits of these laws, and who your allies would be in trying to bring these laws to your state.

The VBAC Issue From the Obstetricians’ Point of View
ICAN and other birth advocates can give a litany of stories and cases where women have been traumatized, lied to, misled, misinformed, and perhaps even assaulted, in their effort NOT to have a repeat cesarean section.

Kim J. Cox, PhD, CNM, is an Assistant Professor in the Nurse-Midwifery program at the University of Florida College of Nursing.

Kim has interviewed and compiled a study of how obstetricians and midwives view of the VBAC issue, who they blame for it, and how they would like to deal with it. This will be an amazing seminar, because it brings the collective voices of the obstetricians to the table.

Are Birth Care Professionals Responsible for Women Choosing Unassisted Homebirth?
What can almost every obstetrician, nurse midwife, homebirth midwife, doula, family physician or childbirth educators agree on? They don't recommend unassisted homebirth.

Yet, planned unassisted homebirth is on the rise in North America. Why is this? Are women so afraid of their provider or their facility, that they will engage in a practice that is considered unsafe by almost every medical professional?

Rixa Freeze , Ph.D. has studied this phenomena and will explore in detail, including: What experiences drive women to consider this option? How are midwives, doctors, nurses, and hospitals implicated in women's choice to avoid birth attendants altogether? Can we or should we outlaw unassisted birth, or prosecute the parents for child abuse or endangerment?

As you can see, this will be a truly controversial subject.

Childbirth Practices: Lessons From Two UK Hospitals
During the health care reform debate, we heard much about the English health care system, where, not only is there full universal coverage, but there is also only one employer, the: "National Health Service." Almost all physicians and nurses and hospitals work for the NHS.

Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN is the chair of the Midwifery program at Yale University. She has studied two maternity care hospitals in England that advocates evidence-based care of childbearing women. She will present the results of her study, specifically looking to see if what worked in England can be imported to the United States.

Our speaker: Holly Powell Kennedy is also the President-elect of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Tomorrow we will discuss some of the more seminars that have been added. Please go to our website at: to view all the seminars


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