My causes

I am currently involved in various causes. The first is a petition to regulate, license, and treat midwives as we would any other health professional.

I have created a Loss Survey as I am rather curious as to what the statistics really say!

Lastly, I am getting started creating birth announcements and birth/death announcements. Announcements are free for bereaved parents. Any proceeds will go towards purchasing casting kits for bereavement programs at local hospitals. My hope is to be able to spread this ministry out and provide these to even more hospitals around the country, and possibly overseas. I would also like to have kits on hand for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Bereavement Photographers. If you are looking for any other type of announcement, Drop me a line and I will work with you. Contact me for more info !

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Our survey, more in depth

If you have filled out the survey and do not want me using your loss as a case, contact me and give me your info and I will take it out. My goal is not to exploit anyone's loss. I only wish to learn from them. I do not want my loss exploited, but, I do wish to share so that I can help someone else avoid the tragedy we have lived through. Nobody should have to bury their child. I also have to live with the guilt of knowing my choice to use this "experienced and trained" midwife led to my daughter's death. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.



Respondent 1

Had Care from a DR, CPM, and Peri
Had 1st trimester bleeding and an unlisted issue
Had an induced vaginal delivery in the hospital at 34 weeks
Neonatal Loss due to Bilateral Renal Agenesis
Delivered by a DR in the hospital



Respondent 2

Had care from a DR
Pregnancy had no issues
Had an emergency c-section at 26 weeks due to fetal decels
Stillbirth due to Genetic Issues incompatible with life
Delivered by a DR in the hospital



Respondent 3

Had care from a CNM
Had Hypertension and Intrauterine Growth Retardation
Induced Vaginal birth at 40+ weeks
Stillbirth due to Placental Insufficiency and Pregnancy Induced Hypertension
Delivered by CNM in the hospital

Respondent 4

Had dual care from a DR and CNM
Had Hypertension, Bleeding in the 1st trimester, Pre-eclampsia, and an unlisted issue
Augmented vaginal delivery at 36 weeks
Neonatal loss due to Negligent DR, Infection, and Hep B Vaccine Reaction
Delivered by a DR in the hospital

Respondent 5

Had care from a DR
Had Gestational Diabetes
Vaginal Delivery at 40+ weeks
Unsure if this was a Stillbirth or Neonatal loss but loss is due to Infection
Delivered by an OB (had to of been hospital as mother had a vaccum delivery and IV meds)

Respondent 6

Had care from a DR
Had Hypertension and Pre-Eclampsia
Elective C-section at 37 weeks
Neonatal loss due to unknown reasons
Delivered by a DR in the hospital

Respondent 7

Had care from a DR, CPM, DEM, and Peri
Had unexplained bleeding in the first and second trimesters
Vaginal delivery at 22 weeks
Neonatal loss due to Prematurity
Delivered by a DR in the hospital

Respondent 8

Had care from a CPM
No issues in the pregnancy
C-section at 40+ weeks (baby stopped moving)
Neonatal Loss due to Negligent Midwife
Delivered by an OB in the hospital

Respondent 9

Had care from a DR and Peri
Had an unlisted issue
PROM leading to Vaginal birth at 23 weeks
Neonatal loss due to Prematurity, Infection, Brain Damage from birth, NICU acquired illness, and Severe Critical Illness
Hospital delivery

Respondent 10

Had care from a DR
Had Incompetent Cervix and an Unlisted issue
Vaginal Delivery at 20 weeks
Neonatal Loss due to prematurity
Delivered by Respondent 10 at home

Respondent 11

Had care from a LM
No pregnancy issues
Elective c-section at 40+ weeks after homebirth transfer
Stillbirth due to unexplained issues
Delivered by a DR at the hospital

Respondent 12

Had care from a CNM
Had Advanced maternal Age
Vaginal delivery at 40+ weeks
Stillbirth with Unexplained issues
Delivered at home by Respondent 12's SO

Respondent 13

Had care from a DR
Had an unlisted issue
Induced vaginal delivery at 26 weeks
Stillbirth due to Clotting disorder
Delivered in a Birth Center by DR

Respondent 14

Had care from a DR
Had an unlisted issue
Vaginal Delivery at 24 weeks
Neonatal loss due to Negligent DR, Prematurity, and NICU acquired illness
Delivered by a DR in the hospital

Respondent 15

Had care from a DEM
Had an unlisted issue
C-section at 40+ weeks after homebirth transfer
Stillborn due to Uterine Rupture, Negligent Midwife, read mother's HR for babies
Hospital delivery by a DR

Respondent 16

Had care from a CNM
Had Incompetent Cervix, Advanced maternal Age, and an unlisted issue
Augmented Vaginal delivery at 20 weeks
Stillborn due to Incompetent Cervix, GBS+, and Placental infection
Hospital delivery by a DR

Respondent 17

Had dual care with a DR and CNM
Had Gestational Diabetes, Excess Amniotic Fluid, and Preeclampsia
C-section at 36 weeks with breech baby
Neonatal loss due to genetic issues
Delivered by a DR in the hospital

Respondent 18

Had care from a DR
Had Placenta Accreta
C-section at 32 weeks after trauma from a car accident
Neonatal Loss due to brain damage suffered after car accident
Delivered by a DR in the hospital

Respondent 19

No Prenatal Care
Had an Unlisted issue
Vaginal delivery at 40+ weeks
Stillborn due to a cord accident
Delivered at home by Respondent 19

Respondent 20

Had care from a LM
Had an Unlisted issue
Vaginal delivery at 20 weeks
Neonatal loss due to prematurity
delivered at home by Respondent 20

Respondent 21

Had care from a DR
Had more than 5 previous pregnancies, Excess amniotic fluid, Unexplained 1st and 2nd trimester bleeding, and an unlisted issue
Augmented vaginal delivery at 36 weeks
Stillborn due to placental abruption
Delivered in the hospital by a DR

Respondent 22

Had care from a DR
No pregnancy issues
Vaginal delivery at 39 weeks
Stillborn due to a cord accident
Delivered in the hospital by a DR

Respondent 23

Had care from a DR
Had an Unlisted issue
Elective C-section at 40+ weeks
Neonatal loss due to multiple genetic anomolies
Delivered in the hospital by a DR

Respondent 24

Had care from a DR
Had no issues
Emergency C-section due to prolonged labor at 40+ weeks
Neonatal loss due to Negligent DR, Infection, and Meconium Aspiration
Delivered in the hospital by a DR

Respondent 25

Had dual care from a DR and CNM
Had no issues
Induced vaginal delivery at 40+ weeks
Stillborn due to unknown reasons
Delivered in the hospital by a DR

Respondent 26

Had dual care from a DR and CNM
Had Incompetent Cervix
Augmented Vaginal Delivery at 22 weeks
Neonatal loss due to prematurity
Delivered by a DR in the hospital

Respondent 27

Had dual care from a DR and Peri
Had an unlisted issue
Induced Vaginal Delivery at 30 weeks
Neonatal loss due to Unexplained, slight velementous cord insertion, low-ish amniotic fluid, slightly enlarged placenta, slightly enlarged cord
Delivered by a DR in the hospital

Respondent 28

Had care from CNM
Had no issues
Vaginal delivery at 40+ weeks
Stillbirth due to unknown reasons
Delivered by a CNM in the hospital

Respondent 29

Had care from a CPM
Had more than 5 previous pregnancies, unexplained 2nd trimester bleeding, excess amniotic fluid
Vaginal Delivery at 36 weeks
Neonatal Loss due to negligent midwife, prematurity
Delivered by Respondent 29's SO at home

Respondent 30
Had DR care
No pregnancy issues
Vaginal delivery at 40+ weeks
Stillborn or neonatal death after fetal distress, Negligent DR
Delivered by an OB

Respondent 31
Had CPM care
No known pregnancy issues
C-section at 39 weeks due to non reassuring NST
Neonatal death due to suspected cord accident, low fluid may have played a part
Delivered by OB

So far, the count is

12 OB 3 low risk

4 CNM 1 low risk

3 CPM 2 low risk

1 DEM

2 LM 1 low risk

1 Nobody

2 DR/Peri

4 DR/CNM 1 low risk

1 DR/CPM

1 DR/DEM/CPM/Peri

HB Transfers: 4

HB Deaths: 6

1 39 ND

1 39 SB

2 40+ ND

4 40+ SB

These are all healthy babies from low risk pregnancies. Yikes! I would say your baby has a higher chance of death once you hit 40 weeks, no matter who your provider is.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I found an adorable blog!!

Cerebral Parenting

She is absolutely hilarious and right on with so many things!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

CDC Info

I thought this would be pretty interesting. According to the CDC, for the years 2003-2004 there were a total of 4,112,055 births.
4,075,712 of these were in the hospital while 35,578 were out of the hospital and 765 births were not stated.

There were 27,489 deaths in the hospital, 364 out of the hospital, and 7 unstated.

This puts the hospital group at 6.74/1000, the out of hospital groups at 10.23/1000 and the last groups data was suppressed.

Out of the hospital groups are 1 1/5 times more likely to die than in hospital groups.

P07.2 (Extreme immaturity)Not in Hospital5335,5781.49
P07.3 (Other preterm infants)Not in Hospital2335,5780.65
P21.9 (Birth asphyxia, unspecified)Not in Hospital1635,578Suppressed
R95 (Sudden infant death syndrom - SIDS)Not in Hospital1635,578Suppressed
P29.1 (Neonatal cardiac dysrhythmia)Not in Hospital1435,578Suppressed
R99 (Other ill-defined and unspecified causes of mortality)Not in Hospital1235,578Suppressed
X91 (Assault by hanging, strangulation and suffocation)Not in Hospital1235,578Suppressed
P29.0 (Neonatal cardiac failure)Not in Hospital1135,578Suppressed
Q91.3 (Edwards' syndrome, unspecified)Not in Hospital935,578Suppressed
Q24.9 (Congenital malformation of heart, unspecified)Not in Hospital835,578Suppressed
P02.7 (Fetus and newborn affected by chorioamnionitis)Not in Hospital735,578Suppressed
P01.5 (Fetus and newborn affected by multiple pregnancy)Not in Hospital635,578Suppressed
P22.0 (Respiratory distress syndrome of newborn)Not in Hospital535,578Suppressed
P36.9 (Bacterial sepsis of newborn, unspecified)Not in Hospital535,578Suppressed
Y06.9 (By unspecified person)Not in Hospital535,578Suppressed
A41.9 (Septicaemia, unspecified)Not in Hospital435,578Suppressed
P28.0 (Primary atelectasis of newborn)Not in Hospital435,578Suppressed
P52.3 (Unspecified intraventricular (nontraumatic) haemorrhage of fetus and newborn)Not in Hospital435,578Suppressed
P77 (Necrotizing enterocolitis of fetus and newborn)Not in Hospital435,578Suppressed
Q89.9 (Congenital malformation, unspecified)Not in Hospital435,578Suppressed
X92 (Assault by drowning and submersion)Not in Hospital435,578Suppressed
Y09 (Assault by unspecified means)Not in Hospital435,578Suppressed
P01.1 (Fetus and newborn affected by premature rupture of membranes)Not in Hospital335,578Suppressed
P03.0 (Fetus and newborn affected by breech delivery and extraction)Not in Hospital335,578Suppressed
P03.5 (Fetus and newborn affected by precipitate delivery)Not in Hospital335,578Suppressed
P03.9 (Fetus and newborn affected by complication of labour and delivery, unspecified)Not in Hospital335,578Suppressed
P21.0 (Severe birth asphyxia)Not in Hospital335,578Suppressed
P23.9 (Congenital pneumonia, unspecified)Not in Hospital335,578Suppressed
P80.9 (Hypothermia of newborn, unspecified)Not in Hospital335,578Suppressed
Q23.4 (Hypoplastic left heart syndrome)Not in Hospital335,578Suppressed
Q89.7 (Multiple congenital malformations, not elsewhere classified)Not in Hospital335,578Suppressed
Q90.9 (Down's syndrome, unspecified)Not in Hospital335,578Suppressed
B49 (Unspecified mycosis)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
J18.9 (Pneumonia, unspecified)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
N04.9 (Nephrotic syndrome, unspecified)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
P01.0 (Fetus and newborn affected by incompetent cervix)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
P01.8 (Fetus and newborn affected by other maternal complications of pregnancy)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
P25.1 (Pneumothorax originating in the perinatal period)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
P36.8 (Other bacterial sepsis of newborn)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
Q00.0 (Anencephaly)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
Q33.6 (Hypoplasia and dysplasia of lung)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
Q79.3 (Gastroschisis)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
Q91.7 (Patau's syndrome, unspecified)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
W74 (Unspecified drowning and submersion)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
W75 (Accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed)Not in Hospital235,578Suppressed
A41.5 (Septicaemia due to other Gram-negative organisms)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
B00.3 (Herpesviral meningitis (G02.0*))Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
B23.2 (HIV disease resulting in haematological and immunological abnormalities, not elsewhere classified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
B34.8 (Other viral infections of unspecified site)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
C85.9 (Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, unspecified type)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
D18.1 (Lymphangioma, any site)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
D42.0 (Cerebral meninges)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
D84.9 (Immunodeficiency, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
E27.4 (Other and unspecified adrenocortical insufficiency)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
E46 (Unspecified protein-energy malnutrition)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
E75.2 (Other sphingolipidosis)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
E86 (Volume depletion)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
E87.5 (Hyperkalaemia)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
E88.0 (Disorders of plasma-protein metabolism, not elsewhere classified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
G12.0 (Infantile spinal muscular atrophy, type I [Werdnig-Hoffman])Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
G12.9 (Spinal muscular atrophy, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
G31.9 (Degenerative disease of nervous system, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
G47.3 (Sleep apnoea)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
G71.2 (Congenital myopathies)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
G91.9 (Hydrocephalus, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
I27.2 (Other secondary pulmonary hypertension)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
I28.8 (Other specified diseases of pulmonary vessels)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
J15.4 (Pneumonia due to other streptococci)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
J84.9 (Interstitial pulmonary disease, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
J98.4 (Other disorders of lung)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
K44.9 (Diaphragmatic hernia without obstruction or gangrene)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
K72.9 (Hepatic failure, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
K76.8 (Other specified diseases of liver)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
K76.9 (Liver disease, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
N17.9 (Acute renal failure, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P02.0 (Fetus and newborn affected by placenta praevia)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P02.1 (Fetus and newborn affected by other forms of placental separation and haemorrhage)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P02.4 (Fetus and newborn affected by prolapsed cord)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P02.6 (Fetus and newborn affected by other and unspecified conditions of umbilical cord)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P04.4 (Fetus and newborn affected by maternal use of drugs of addiction)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P07.0 (Extremely low birth weight)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P20.9 (Intrauterine hypoxia, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P26.9 (Unspecified pulmonary haemorrhage originating in the perinatal period)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P27.1 (Bronchopulmonary dysplasia originating in the perinatal period)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P28.1 (Other and unspecified atelectasis of newborn)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P28.5 (Respiratory failure of newborn)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P28.9 (Respiratory condition of newborn, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P35.1 (Congenital cytomegalovirus infection)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P36.1 (Sepsis of newborn due to other and unspecified streptococci)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P37.5 (Neonatal candidiasis)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P54.3 (Other neonatal gastrointestinal haemorrhage)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P54.9 (Neonatal haemorrhage, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P61.4 (Other congenital anaemias, not elsewhere classified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P78.0 (Perinatal intestinal perforation)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P96.8 (Other specified conditions originating in the perinatal period)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
P96.9 (Condition originating in the perinatal period, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q01.9 (Encephalocele, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q04.9 (Congenital malformation of brain, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q21.0 (Ventricular septal defect)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q21.1 (Atrial septal defect)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q25.0 (Patent ductus arteriosus)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q33.3 (Agenesis of lung)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q35.9 (Cleft palate, unspecified, unilateral)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q60.1 (Renal agenesis, bilateral)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q60.2 (Renal agenesis, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q60.6 (Potter's syndrome)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q61.3 (Polycystic kidney, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q61.4 (Renal dysplasia)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q63.9 (Congenital malformation of kidney, unspecified)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q67.8 (Other congenital deformities of chest)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q77.6 (Chondroectodermal dysplasia)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q79.0 (Congenital diaphragmatic hernia)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q84.2 (Other congenital malformations of hair)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Q99.8 (Other specified chromosome abnormalities)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
R62.8 (Other lack of expected normal physiological development)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
R98 (Unattended death)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
V49.5 (Passenger injured in collision with other and unspecified motor vehicles in traffic accident)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
X99 (Assault by sharp object)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Y07.1 (By parent)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed
Y33 (Other specified events, undetermined intent)Not in Hospital135,578Suppressed

http://wonder.cdc.gov/lbd-icd10.html

The CDC clearly shows all data and it all points to the fact that having an infant at home DOES increase death to the child.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Getting medical information

Seeking advice online in a group is fine. BUT let's remember that the people we talk to are NOT dr's or really all that educated. You may be egged on to go unassisted or to have a high risk delivery at home. This, my friends, is flirting with disaster. Please do not base your decisions upon what regular people say. They are NOT the ones who will live with the consequences of something happening. God forbid something happens to your baby, you hear "I'm sorry for your loss" and see a bunch of fake candles, then you are to be silent and not speak again. You and your deceased baby will be nothing to them. They are not going to listen or support you in your grief. When you bring it up, you will be given reasons why it was just a fluke. That is if they even let you post anything having to do with your loss. I urge you to look inside yourselves and do what is in the best interest of your baby, not a bunch of faceless people who don't know or care for you. Seriously, our comfort means NOTHING, our wants and desires mean NOTHING. All that matters is having a healthy living baby. The greatest birth experience in the world means nothing when your baby is in ashes on a shelf or 6 feet in the cold hard ground. Babies die. Those who think it won't happen to them, well it can. I don't care if you are low risk. Your baby can die and the chances are MUCH higher at home than in a hospital. No transfer doesn't mean squat, it means that your baby will have been at risk for longer. In a hospital, emergencies can be handled immediately. At home, they can't. Some problems cannot be anticipated. Things do just happen. Please consider your babies. I thought I was considering mine, but she is gone now. No amount of fake candles or I'm sorries will bring her back or erase the pain I feel every single day. Homebirth isn't worth it. And those who make such a huge deal about it, really don't care about your or your baby!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I totally forgot

At one point I had created a forum and forgot about it. If anyone is interested, it's at http://mommysplayhouse.proboards89.com/.