|Silas in our herb bath still attached to his placenta (in a bowl next to him)|
|Malakai on the scale after his pretty amazing hospital birth. |
It makes me sad that all his beautiful vernix is gone here.
He was covered with it when he was born!
In the case of Carol Velasquez, the deputy prosecutor claims that the issue is with illegally administering prescription drugs. Those are the charges against Carol. If Carol was carrying the drugs she is accused of carrying, she is in good company. It would be very hard to find a midwife who doesn't carry Pitocin (for example). These midwives are simply arming themselves for any possible complication that may arise and the natural remedies are found to be insufficient. Homebirth midwives should have the legal safety to care for their clients the best they can, but that is not the case at this time. So, they give their clients the very best care while putting themselves on the line.
What needs to happen is that people need to speak up on the issue of homebirth freedom. Midwives need to have the freedom to provide optimal care without the threat of the nightmare Carol Velasquez is going through right now.
Honestly, my husband put it in much better words than I did:
"Here is the thing, it is not a simple black and white issue. Is it technically illegal for a midwife to administer drugs such as Pitocin? I would have to answer yes. However, in order for midwives to be able to give excellent care to their clients and avoid certain complications they NEED to be able to use these drugs. The real problem is that it SHOULD be legal for CPMs to be able to use these drugs. By not allowing them to use them we are forcing midwives to either choose to compromise their clients care by forcing them to wait until they get to the hospital to receive treatment which in some cases may be too late when it could have been resolved easily at home by the midwife or take the risk because they are more concerned about the welfare of the baby and mother over the governing legislative body. Most midwives will choose the latter. It really is no different than a missionary going into another country where Christianity is outlawed, and under the pretense of being an English teacher, using that as a way to get into the country to teach them about Jesus. As Christians, we know it is TECHNICALLY illegal for them to teach Jesus and carry/distribute Bibles, but yet we encourage them, support them, pray for them, and fight for them if they get caught, because we believe it is the right thing regardless of what a governing body has declared. The same principle is true in this situation. The problem lies in the legislation, and I think some serious changes need to made at that level so midwives are not forced to make the sacrifices they do for the good of their clients."