Another midwife was sentenced to go to jail today. Birth is NOT MEDICINE, and attending a woman in labor is not practicing medicine without a license!! — it is a natural, physiological process that has been going on since the beginning of time – since even BEFORE there was medicine OR doctors. The witch hunts are alive and well and living in the good ol’ USA – the land of the free and the home of the brave. Well, this midwife is no longer free ( note: the mother and baby are fine, the parents did not press charges – it was the state) – and those who are brave enough to go into hospitals to birth end up imprisoned – tied to the institution – by IVs and fetal monitor belts.
Note: Fetal monitors are a concentrated “dose” of ultrasound. Babies hate ultrasounds – for very good reason. More on that after I’ve had some sleep – or a stiff drink – of water.