The NHS uses Midwives to facilitate Cost-Effective Mass-Production Baby Birthing

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 20th, 2013

Week in Review

In America pregnant women see doctors.  When they go into labor they have doctors deliver their baby.  It’s not like that in Britain.  Their National Health Service (NHS) has determined it is not cost-effective to have doctors deal with pregnancies and birth.  In Britain midwives handle pregnancies and births.  Highly trained individuals who work one-on-one with pregnant women through their pregnancies, deliver their babies and attend to post-natal care.  In special birthing wards.  Or at home.  The way humans did it for hundreds of millions of years before doctors and hospitals appeared on the scene.

In America, though, women go to the hospital when they enter labor.  And have a doctor deliver their babies.  At least so far.  As Obamacare takes America towards national health care they may adopt cost-saving procedures just like the NHS.  And regulate pregnancies and births to midwives.  Where having a baby will change in the United States and become more like it is in the UK.  And be more like this (see Pregnant women ‘unsupported’ by NHS by Rebecca Smith posted 1/20/2013 on The Telegraph).

A survey in the annual state of maternity services report by the College found that four in 10 women see up to nine or 10 midwives during their pregnancy instead of being able to build a relationship and confidence in one, as is recommended.

Also one fifth of women are left alone during labour, contrary to guidelines saying women should have one to one care.

Midwives are overstretched due to a baby boom and increasing numbers of women over the age of 40 having babies who require extra care due to a high risk of complications, experts said…

“In labour the majority of women are getting high quality care that is needed to be safe but one fifth of the women we surveyed said they did not get adequate support in labour. The wards are so busy that there are occasions when midwives are not able to give women the concentrated care they would like.”

Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser at the National Childbirth Trust, said: “Anxiety and tension about being left alone means women cannot relax and focus on their labour: this in turn leads to more use of pain-relieving drugs and higher levels of intervention, which most women wish to avoid so that they are well and fit to start caring for their baby after the birth…”

The majority of women are getting high quality care that is needed to be safe.  And when that quality level falls a little and they complain too much they give them pain-relieving drugs.  To quiet them down.  So they can return to the business of mass-production baby birthing.  The cost-effective way.  And soon to be the Obamacare way.

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