My post on February 2 about Nurse Midwives sure stirred up a hornets’ nest!
I cannot respond to all of your comments but do want to add the following to our “discussion:”
1. I spend a great deal of my professional time representing pregnant mothers and other consumers of medical care in medical malpractice cases. As a result, I have seen (specifically, in-depth review of medical records) more deliveries than any of my critics, except for those in the health care profession who delivery babies on a regular basis.
2. Based on what I see everyday in my law practice, I am not a champion of the American health care system. It is too expensive and too fraught with error. Just check out where we rank in the world with other developed countries.
3. I believe a woman should have the right to deliver at home. My wife did not and we probably would have lost both of our sons had she chosen to give birth at home. Unanticipated complications arose during both of my sons’ birth which required medical services only a physician could provide in a hospital setting.
We may just have to “agree to disagree.”