Another day, another blue baby. This blue baby with no pulse was also born at better birth awhile back, perhaps even in the same tub. I have no idea why home birth advocates post such horrifying photos from water births and gush over them. I’ve seen more smiling moms holding blue, floppy babies in tubs full of blood (and come on, sometimes urine and feces are in the mix, too…) than I can count at this point. Here are a couple (the following photos are not from better birth):
Water birth has claimed at least one life. Home birth midwives inability to detect problems in babies and address them has claimed countless lives, and they do indeed see floppy blue babies as the norm despite the fact that in hospital they most certainly are not. The risk of brain injury resulting from oxygen deprivation is 18X higher in an out of hospital setting.Death isn’t the only thing to worry about when choosing your birth setting and care provider, because these brain injuries often cause life long problems and may take several years to appear. I have no idea why direct entry midwives like the ones at Better Birth continue these dangerous practices. Pediatric professionals discourage giving birth while immersed in water, but think laboring in water is okay. Some people find it relaxing, others hate it during labor. Be careful.
edited 4/21/2015- I am now being swarmed with comments from idiots that think that they still own the copyright to images they have chosen to upload to facebook (ha!). I suppose that The Feminist Breeder learning this exact lesson the hard way isn’t good enough, her fans have to do it on their own too. Have fun with that!