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Three babies dead within two years. This is why I will not do an at home birth in Idaho **Edit!**

Posted by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM
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The people here dont know what they hell they are doing!!!! Here is the article

http://www.ktvb.com/news/Idaho-Midwifery-Board-investigating-three-infant-deaths-147842545.html

I'm not saying at home births are bad and I am sure that there are great mid wives out there, just not in Idaho.


***I am aware that hospitals do have death rates, and I am pretty sure that midwives had had more than just these three deaths. Title was an attention grabber just like the news station used. The issue is that they are being investigated for these three deaths due to careless mistakes like not clamping off umbilical cord before cutting it, and for interfering with police/ambulance being able to get to a patient immediately even though they called for them, and for holding off on calling for an ambulance for a period of time even though the baby was in immediate danger.

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by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM
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tayhoff
by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:22 PM

BUMP!

Allebas
by Gold Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

WOW!!! Ya---I always felt much safer in a hospital setting when giving birth!!

LoriLou75
by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM
So, would you give birth at home in any other state? I don't think it really has much to do with geography.
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bmw29
by Buttcrackncornchips on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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How many babies did they lose at the hospital in those 2 years? The mistakes made seem careless but hospitals are known to make careless mistakes too.
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ilovemykids323
by Silver Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

 wow thats nuts. I'll take my hospital births anyday but babies die at hospital births as well.

alwayskk
by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM
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As far as I am aware, midwives in Idaho were mostly underground until recently. Only a few years ago, they started offering licenses and whatnot. So yeah, I guess geography can make a difference.

tayhoff
by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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there are 29 midwives (two of those actually live in WA) for the state of Idaho. They don't have to do much upkeep training. Idaho in itself is lacking in the medical knowledge and technology. If you need to see a specialist, they send you out of state to Utah usually or to Washington.

Quoting LoriLou75:

So, would you give birth at home in any other state? I don't think it really has much to do with geography.


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elfishpirat
by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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FYI...the USA has a neonatal death rate of 5 infants per 1000 births. If Idaho has only lost 3 newborns in homebirths in the past 2 years, that is much lower than the current rate. In fact, the USA has the second worst death rate for infants in the industrialized world.

Yes, it's sad that these babies died. My heart goes out to their families. But the bottom line is that babies die in hospitals as well as at home.

jridgill
by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:32 PM
Well I wonder how many births the midwives attended? So what would be the death rate. 3/?

Just typing out loud :)

This is so sad.


Quoting elfishpirat:

FYI...the USA has a neonatal death rate of 5 infants per 1000 births. If Idaho has only lost 3 newborns in homebirths in the past 2 years, that is much lower than the current rate. In fact, the USA has the second worst death rate for infants in the industrialized world.

Yes, it's sad that these babies died. My heart goes out to their families. But the bottom line is that babies die in hospitals as well as at home.

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tayhoff
by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Yes, babies do die in hospitals, and I am certain that there has been more deaths with the home births than just the three. They are under investigation for these three for 1) Not tying off the umbilical cord before cutting it 2) keeping police from getting to a patient immediatly and 3) Delaying in calling for an ambulance when the baby was in danger.

Quoting elfishpirat:

FYI...the USA has a neonatal death rate of 5 infants per 1000 births. If Idaho has only lost 3 newborns in homebirths in the past 2 years, that is much lower than the current rate. In fact, the USA has the second worst death rate for infants in the industrialized world.

Yes, it's sad that these babies died. My heart goes out to their families. But the bottom line is that babies die in hospitals as well as at home.


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