Thursday, March 29, 2007
Just A Raised Eyebrow Or Two
More seriously, we are deep in a state of denial about land-use induced warming. Especially California. And hint, hint, ethanol is not the answer to reduce atmospheric CO2 even if you have joined the Al Gore cult. The cultic rituals are strange and not completely understood by scholars, but it appears mandatory that you have to build gigantic houses and fly around on jets while announcing the end of the world because of too much energy use by everyone else. It appears that the richer you are, the more incentive you have to join the cult, because otherwise you'd have to do something about the private jets and colossal energy-gulping estates. And then, for some reason, some person driving a 10 year-old car to work is supposed to pay your corporation to offset their energy usage. One can see its attractions for politicians.
Socialized medicine is traumatizing hundreds of thousands of Brits giving birth? That's the claim, anyway:
Only last week a study revealed that thousands of women find themselves isolated and frightened during labour because they do not get the care they need.The study was done by the UK Department of Health, but the hundreds of thousands figure comes from another association. Reading about midwives and hiring doulas and the comments about bringing someone who knew how to give birth with you to the maternity ward made me twitch. I've got no problem with midwives, but shouldn't an obstetrician be on duty as well? The big complaint seems to be about not enough midwives, which struck me as rather third-world. Maybe that's a misnomer; one commenter had a suggestion:
Over half were left alone at times during labour. Just 19 per cent had one midwife providing continuity of care during their labour and while giving birth, with over half of firsttime mums having a stream of three or more midwives see them through the experience.
This is the reason why I and my wife decided to have our baby in India; private hospitals in most developing countries are more than affordable for most people (£4,000 will buy you a decent flat in some parts of India!) and provide a much higher standard of care than most NHS hospitals, in my experience. I don't even have a dentist in the UK - get all of that done in India as well, for a tenth of the price charged here and whenever I want!
Midwifery is definitely not third word in terms of care and outcome. I think the actual facts on the matter would surprise you.
But this concern about women not feeling supported in their pregnancy and birth experiences...now there is a root of a very big social problem....
Where I live most people go for the package deal where you use a center, get all prenatal there, and usually get to give birth with a midwife. But, of course, they monitor, and if there are any indications of problems there's a doctor there and a hospital five minutes away, and if they think there may be a problem you go to the hospital to deliver in the first place. Seems like the best of both worlds.
It would take months to get the smell of Curry out of the new childs hair.
Not yours, of course. I am sure they were born with long, flowing lovely tresses.
Along with the Breast Feeding classes came the SAT tutor,and College Application Consultant.
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