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Mississippi OB Files Motion to Reconsider HB207, The Midwife Safety Act

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By Jill Arnold

HB207, also known as The Midwife Safety Act, passed the House yesterday afternoon by a very slim margin. Opponents, of course, relied heavily on the controversial, flawed meta-analysis conducted by Joseph Wax.

No sooner had supporters of the bill begun to celebrate did Rep. Sidney Bondurant file a Motion to Reconsider. Rep. Bondurant’s occupation?

He’s an OB/GYN.

The Mississippi Friends of Midwives is encouraging supporters to act now by calling and e-mailing representatives, urging them to support HB207 as passed yesterday in the House with a yes vote and that the bill should not be reconsidered.


Watch video of floor debate



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Reader Comments (7)

Did anyone else snort when the OB said "I have spent many hours in the middle of the night...."? or "there are several things that bother me about this bill" really? cause there is lots of things that bother me about what you're saying....I thought the question about Medicaid was interesting too. it makes sense to pay it out as its WAY cheaper for patients on Medicaid anyway. duh.

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

My favorite question/comment begins at the 14:34 minute mark... "The woman does most of the work anyway" and "I believe I'd rather have the midwife (than Dr. Bondurant)."

February 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterJill

I think the most telling quote is, "I don't know nothin' about birthin' no babies."

Then find someone who does! Why does this always come down to a closed room full of men who have no clue what they are talking about! Ask a midwife!!!!

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Actually , I think the chairman said he would rather have the midwife than the EMT, who saw a normal birth in the ambulance and realized he really didn't have very much to do with the outcome.

It is interesting that a reference was made to the cultural tradition of midwifery, which did last quite long in the south. I knew a black woman from the deep south, younger than I am, who told me that all her older brothers and sisters (of ten) were delivered at home by the granny midwife, but when the midwife died her mother had to go to the hospital to have the rest of her children.

It is a little creepy that they were saying "We'll know where these people are." But I think he was trying to give a sop to those who were feeling such things should be "controlled."

It is also frustrating that the doctor could cite the Wax study, and no one challenged him.
Strange set of rules when he can call for all the voting to be done over, so that you don't have to just win once. Is there a chance that anyone can go in there and challenge the doctor's stats?

How wonderful that their medical practice act says that midwifery is not the practice of medicine!

Susan Peterson

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Peterson

We've heard that it is *officially* passed in the House and will move to the Senate! Whew.

Susan -- I agree that a lot of what the pro-legislation people said, including Rep. Holland, was exactly what you said - a sop to the anti- folks, to get them to think that this is a good idea. Watching it happen live (streaming on the computer), I was wishing I could have been there, on the Floor, testifying; but only the Reps get to speak, I guess, and unfortunately, they didn't seem to have as full a grasp as I wish they could have on it. Not surprising - I've been living and breathing this stuff for the past 6 years, and they've known about it for less than the past 6 weeks. Hopefully we'll be able to explain things more in-depth to the Senators so that they are more clear and better able to defend against attacks.

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I also thought it was funny that they brought up the wax study because its not consistant with what the data really is. I meen ofcoarse an OBGYN is gonna be against home birth and midwifery hes loosing buisness and he hasnt seen a single natural normal birth in his WHOLE career probably. Most OBs dont, and I love the woman who says "Does it bother you cause it bothers me that they will be providing post partum care cause isnt that medical practice" if giving birth isnt medical practice then what makes post partum any different?

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkassedi

As we possibly get closer to having nitrous oxide/oxygen available to women in labor in the United States -- like every woman in Canada and Great Britain takes for granted for many, many years, you have to ask yourself. If this inexpensive, safe analgesia has been available for SO LONG to women in labor in other countries, WHY NOT IN THE United States?

What if this really is one of the biggest, well-hid, conspiracies of ALL TIME? What if the hospitals, the FDA, and the anesthesiologist REALLY DID CONSPIRE, to make more money at the expense of mothers' & babies' well-being? Is that so hard to believe, in light of Amnesty International's "Deadly Delivery" 4-year investigation published last year?

You know, there is oxygen "in the walls" of most hospitals in the US -- and right beside it in the blue tubes -- is Nitrous Oxide! So, of course, if it's inexpensive, already in place, ready to go -- why hasn't it been used in labor for over 50 years in the US? Why do we allow the anesthesiologists to PUSH DRUGS near our spinal cords and are numb from the waist down -- and epidurals are expensive and lead to unnecessary harm to mother & baby -- and C-sections, to make more money off our bodies. . .

What if . . . why don't you DEMAND your right to have a 50-50 blend of self-administered nitrous oxide/oxygen. WHY DON'T your require your OB to put it in your chart that it's ALL YOU WANT to help you thru your labor!

DOULAs -- why don't you tell your clients about this inexpensive, safe, self-administered analgesia that women in the UK have had access to for over 150 years -- WHAT IS THE BIG SECRET HERE?

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