Two weeks ago I sent this letter off to my local newspaper, Chico Enterprise Record. This morning a friend called me to say it had been published. They cut out a bit, but the main message is there. This is a bad move for EnloeMedicalCenter -- it shows that despite the practices the facility is trying to implement, by losing their option for midwifery, they don't really care about patient-centered care and holistic alternatives to harsh (over)medicalization when it comes to their mothers and babies. All I envision is, these new, beautifully spacious and accommodating rooms, with private bathrooms, tubs, and a nice place for a partner to sleep, while a woman does not have the option of a practitioner whose goal is to be "with women," during the birth experience.
♥ four young boys and a boy dog (offspring)