Unlicensed midwife charged in death of Moab newborn

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  • Anonyme Orem, UT
    March 1, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    Holly Richardson said that midwife births “are typically very natural.” The problem is that babies don't always get the memo that their births are supposed to be typical. Placentas don't know that they're not supposed to detach prematurely since the midwife doesn't have the expertise to deal with the resulting hemorrhages. Uteri don't know they shouldn't rupture because the home is not equipped with a blood bank or an OR.

    Every home birth midwife is acting "out of that scope." Modern obstetrics in the US has lowered the neonatal mortality rate 90% and the maternal mortality rate 99% over the past century (see the CDC paper “Achievements in Public Health 1900—1999: Healthier Mothers and Babies, 1999). Why should we go back? Don't mothers and babies deserve better?

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 19, 2013 5:10 p.m.

    OH, please. Let's not blame Eagle Mountain because some like this moved there from Michigan.

  • opinion 47 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    June 19, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    Yet another tragedy related to Eagle Mountai.