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ACOG Survey: Complications Related to Home Delivery 

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Here is a screenshot of the ACOG survey, “Complications Related to Home Delivery” as it appeared on their web site on August 5, 2009 that caused a stir among women’s health advocates last week. The rallying cry on Facebook went something like this:

*Tell ACOG your birth story! *

ACOG has a new database to collect anonymous data on “unsuccessful home births.” *Let’s derail their plans and flood the database with entries on SUCCESSFUL home births!*

It will take less than five minutes*, but having even 25 people do it will send a loud and clear message and may force them to take it down due to bad data. At the very least we can force it into the members-only area, where far fewer OBs will bother to fill it out.

The survey is now password protected for ACOG members only.

After reading the angry comments from doctors on blogs like KevinMD.com a few months ago about online doctor rating sites, ACOG’s survey made me laugh a little. One doctor asked, “Isn’t our issue with pseudoscientific surveys per se that do nothing except provide advertising space for those “fine young men and women (God knows, you got to love them”) - as we say in the south - who turn a dollar based on the ignorance and ill will?” Another called them “unscientific crap.”

One person’s crap is another person’s attempt to paint an overly negative portrait of home birth and women’s health care options in the name of protecting its members from unnamed phantom lawsuits, I suppose.




If anyone needs the full size screenshot for any reason, such as not having bionic robot eyes that can read the tiny, tiny text, e-mail me.



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Reader Comments (17)

With the surveys, how do they know every one is filled out truthfully?

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermorgan

I wondered why I couldn't get onto the website yesterday. I guess they had so many rotten tomatoes on them that they closed it down!

What really gets my goat is that they list all these things as complications FROM "home delivery." Um, earth to OBs: what do cord prolapse, malpresentation, rupture, UGR, preterm labor, or ANY of the others have to do with where you give birth?

Gahhh. This is not only bad science, it's bad science in reverse. Come up with a result, THEN analyze data, and only data that is carefully constructed to prove your hypothesis? I'm thinking they all got Fs on their volcanos and hamster mazes in middle school.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Is it not ok for them to collect data on this if everyone else is collecting data on cesarean sections? Let's not be hypocritical here. If it's good for you then it should be good for them as well.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Other Side

The Other Side... "everyone else is collecting data on cesarean sections."

So it's black-or-white with home birth and cesareans being opposites? Why make it so polemic and us-versus-them?

You're reading that I don't like that they're collecting data. I don't care. I pointed out the potential hypocrisy of crabbing about how unfair and unscientific online doctor review sites are, then throwing something like this up online. Unscientific, indeed!

August 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

Jill, I'm stealing this screenshot for my own post about this, since I can't link to the site to show it.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

No prob at all, Jill.

August 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

The Other Side, as was said; this isn't "collecting data" this is an online survey. Which is the opposite of good data, because of how easy it is to skew. Nothing is verifiable, therefore there is no trustworthy data to be gleaned this way.

And since doctors have those degrees and all, you have to assume they know this. And that therefore they are not actually interested in viable data, and were hoping for something to use as a political football.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremjaybee

Why did I have to be offline last week, of all weeks? WHY? I missed my chance!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDou-la-la

I hate Robots.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReality Rounds

I don't even know why the scientists make them.

August 31, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill
This blog is all done!
Thanks for wanting to comment. This is an archive of a blog that once was. Take care! Jill