Thursday, June 19, 2008

Just In From Ricki Lake

Dear BOBB (Business of Being Born) Friends and Supporters:

We wanted to make sure you are all aware of the news story that has exploded over the last 24 hours regarding the recent AMA Resolution against homebirth and Ricki's response to being named in it....

The reasoning for this resolution begins, "Whereas, There has been much attention in the media by celebrities having home deliveries, with recent Today Show headings such as "Ricki Lake takes on baby birthing industry: Actress and former talk show host shares her at-home delivery in new film...". (Resolution 205, click here to read).

Since when did Ricki become an evidence-based data point? What are they so afraid of?

Just last week, Medical News Today reports that "about 8.2% of infants born in the US in 2005 had low birth weights, the highest percentage since 1968." US infant mortality rates continue to rank us below 30 other countries, 22% of pregnancies are induced, and most worrisome of all, in the last 4 years, the maternal mortality rate has risen above 10 per 100,000 for the first time since 1977. To us, these seem like the troubling trends, not home birth.

News outlets including the AP quickly picked up this story yesterday as it hit TMZ,
E! , USA Today,, Daily News,, FOX.

Ricki will be featured on Good Morning America this Saturday discussing the controversy...
Filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake teamed up with journalist and Pushed author Jennifer Block to pen the response for the Huffington Post (click here to read).

Late yesterday, the AMA changed the final wording on resolution 205 to omit the mention of Ricki. (Hmmm...) The AMA says that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) drafted the initial statement so any issues should be taken up directly with them.
Stay tuned for more news to come...

The BOBB Team


Jane @ What About Mom? said...

This whole thing is so crazy. What confuses me is why the U.S. has such a harsher stance against UC than most (all?) other developed nations. I thought we were pioneers?

Susana said...

Yes, it is interesting how our obstetricians here are soo against homebirth, forget UC, they can't even handle birth with midwives.

Instead of being so difficult and trying to rob us our freedom to choose, why aren't doctors pushing to make homebirth more viable/safe.

There are plenty of women who would still choose to birth in hospitals.
But there are women, like me, who just can't imagine stepping foot in one after having had a homebirth.

I am getting older and (if we have more children, which is likely) I wonder about my future births. I would probably consider being attended by a midwife, but that is not a choice in my state.

Just the thought of a hospital birth, however, just makes my whole body scream NO!

Anyhow, thanks for your comment, and the great debate on your blog. You're awesome! (and I do plan on writing a post about you... I am formulating thoughts right now!)