For coverage of this last weeks excitement regarding VBAC information (the most talked about news this week) see here.
In other news, CNN , Time, and the Guardian reports on Amnesty Internationals report of US Maternal Mortality rates doubling, regardless of our countries 'advancements'. I wish that someone would see the benefit of having Medicaid cover home birth midwives in all 50 states. These 'underprivileged women' would get the one-on-one care that they so desperately need, there would not be as long a wait to get in to see a professional, and they would get the lower-interventive care that would better their odds of having a vaginal birth rather than surgical. GASP! Go figure, possibly fix all of the problems in one fell swoop?
A Miami Herald reporter, and mother, talks about how to avoid a cesarean in South Florida, particularly Miami, where the cesarean rates are upwards of 51%.
A woman in Georgia is charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a child after circumcising her 10 month old daughter. This is rather timely, after a recent post. I don't really have anything to say except that it pains my heart and fumes my maternal instinct.
A London newspaper stews over hospitals allowing sales reps and photographers access to newly postpartum women's rooms immediately after birth... all for commissions and referral incentives. This act is under scrutiny not only by the general public, but also the National Childbirth Trust - citing how unethical it is to 'hit someone up' through solicitations when so vulnerable, not to mention the breach of privacy.
Finally, an Australian elephant defied medical odds and, 2 days after veterinarians pronounced her calf dead in the womb, an elephant matriarch gave birth (unassisted - *snicker*) to a live calf.