Controversies in Childbirth Conference, Dallas Ft. Worth Texas, March 27-29 - Forth Worth Convention Center - A National Forum for Discussing and Debating Differing Viewpoints on Today's Childbirth Practices
 

Reasons for this Conference – The Catch 22’s of Birth

 

A perfect storm is brewing in birth, and is being fed by a never-ending spiral of Catch 22’s: 
 
  • Trial lawyers are attempting to make every birth injury a case of negligence and neglect, to the public detriment. But if parents don’t sue, they can’t afford to raise their injured child.

  • L&D is a small part of hospital revenue, but a majority of malpractice settlement expense.

  • Rising costs and reduced reimbursements have caused many OBs to stop delivering babies.

  • Some think OBs should be replaced by midwives, but there are nowhere near enough midwives available.

  • Nurse-midwifery schools are having have trouble attracting students because of the high costs of nurse-midwifery education and practice.

  • Malpractice insurers regulate birth and limit women’s options by prohibiting practitioners from attending VBACs, water labor, and home birth . . . even though exercising these options may lower costs.

  • Hospital midwives can help women overcome their fear of natural birth, but they find themselves stymied by hospital protocols, are unlikely (or even afraid) to change.

  • Many doctors believe routine fetal monitoring doesn’t improve outcomes and can lead to more lawsuits, but they can’t stop using the monitors because they need documentation it in the event of a lawsuit.

  • Nurses complain that they are too married to the monitors and charting to provide quality one-on-one nursing care to women in labor, but many hospitals are too short-staffed to allow one-on-one nursing care In maternity wards.

  • Birth activists insist that the record-breaking increase in Cesarean births rates are the fault of OBs, while the OBs insist that woman are “choosing” Cesareans in record numbers.

  • Women who choose epidurals think those who choose natural birth are “stupid and irresponsible”, and vice-versa.

  • Since most women have epidurals and pitocin, OBs rarely see normal birth, thus they have little chance to practice it.  And yet, they are constantly criticized by birth activists for not doing normal births.

  • Doulas face their own dilemma:  are they really helping women to have better birth experiences, or are they just making women feel good about their bad birth experiences?  And all the while, the professions are sniping and taking pot-shots at one another in public!

  • Childbirth educators and other normal birth advocates accuse OBs of “ignoring the evidence and performing interventions for profit."

  • One type of midwife tells another type of midwife that she is “unqualified."

  • ACOG says home birth is “unsafe” but that birth centers are “OK” while birth centers point out that they can do ONLY what can be done at a home birth.
 
And the number of uninsured continues to climb.
 

 
Three new movies representing the consumer’s point-of-view are or will soon be in the public eye, generating a great deal of interest:
 
 
All of these movies portray the standard American hospital birth as “harmful and unreasonable.” Yet the vast majority of American women undergo the standard high-tech birth, and most of them report feeling “satisfied” with their birth experiences. So what’s the problem? And what’s the solution?
 

Presenting the Controversies in Childbirth Conference!
 
This will be the first time that all parties are invited to present their viewpoints in an unbiased setting designed specifically for intelligent, important discussion and progress. 
 
Organizations that have developed and implemented unique methods of dealing with these issues are being invited to speak.
 
Conference organizers are not promoting any agenda or bias.  Rather, it is our most sincere hope that interdisciplinary interaction will produce common ground, understanding and a willingness to work together to resolve these Catch 22’s of birth. 

 
 
 

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