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What Did We Learn Here Today?


I ask myself that question, often aloud, after a day spent online. It’s the last line of one of my favorite WKUK sketches (NSFW, wait until your kids go to bed). If you like it, you might also like this important video (also NSFW) about medical errors, patient safety and complicated doctor-patient relationships that reminds us how ridiculous it is that there are no NQF voluntary consensus standards for safety measures involving Spaghettios. 

Here is what I learned on Facebook today.


SCOTUS upheld some stuff.



Everyone on Facebook became an expert.



Everyone on The Unnecesarean Facebook page is a brain dead moron, said one commenter. Good to know.



…and I give you the quote of the day:


“I…want to track totally contradictory posts, like “they’re going to force you to have cesareans” and “they’re going to force everyone to have a VBAC” — forced epidurals!

Watch out, folks, the waterbirth panels are coming for you.



What does it all mean for maternity care? Childbirth Connection sums up it up on their site. Additionally, an attorney on the Facebook page had this to say to those lamenting their perceived lost freedom:


Actually, yes, the law does now guarantee that the facility fee for freestanding birth centers, and midwives who work in birth centers, will be covered. Since each state has some flexibility to decide what exact services are to be covered, it is possible that home birth may also be included in some states. Most importantly, making it easier for women to obtain health care before, during, and between pregnancies— and making that care culturally and linguistically appropriate, as well as providing tools for shared decision making— will serve to lower the rate of unnecessary interventions. Nothing in this law changes a woman’s constitutional right to refuse treatment.

And as for VBAC, the law makes it so that an insurance company can’t deny a woman coverage due to a previous c-section. So, if you want to get pregnant again after a c-section, you can make the best decision about your birth without the fear of bankrupting your family in case you want or need a repeat.




Big day.




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Reader Comments (3)

No, we are not "morons" we are "MORANS". His placard has no spell check and it shows.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerri Bundy

Waterbirth panels! Love it. Now you're the Michelle Bachman of birth!!!

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Thank, Courtney. That is definitely something to be very proud of.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill
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