Well, this weekend was full of so much information, both good and bad! I was able to attend a conference….The American Association of Birth Centers 5th annual. Overall it was great, so wonderful to be surrounded by people who are also involved in the crazy wonderfullness that is a birth center! To know that we are not alone and that others are out there joined in the movement is fantastic and a great way to get the ole battery re-charged. There were great presentations on Anthropological Breastfeeding (so amazing!), new guidelines for STI’s (good to be kept up to date), PROM and techniques for OP and labor dystocia. All in all wonderful information.
What was disturbing…the new data on Maternal and Infant Mortality!!! We as a country spend more money on health care and have some of the worst outcomes, and to make it worse, we keep getting worse not better!! We are slipping further and further down on the list every year, currently we are 41st for infant outcomes and 50th for maternal outcomes!! This is shameful and shocking. Additionally, if you are African American the outcomes are 4x worse! Here is a link to a recent report from Amnesty International
Before reading it, be prepared to be frustrated and saddened, and then hopefully moved to action. I will soon be moving that way….after the initial shock wears off. For now, I really needed to vent!