July 27, 2012
“The U.S. is one of four countries in the world with a rising maternal death rate. California reported a tripling in the maternal death rate between 1996 and 2006. This problem, in my opinion, should occupy more of our attention than the tizzy over the home birth rate, which affects such a small portion of our population.”
Ina May Gaskin, author of Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta, is a fierce force in the choice for women to conduct home-birthing. In America, only a very small portion of women choose to conduct home births. Yet the US’s maternal death rate is, as Gaskin puts it, ”not enviable.” Though home-birthing isn’t a massive phenomena, some countries use police force to pressure women away from midwife-assisted birth. Why so staunchy on women’s choices? The answer isn’t clear.
Read Gaskin’s Huffpost article here.