Have you heard the term “Mother-Friendly” in reference to Maternity Care but not fully sure of what that means? Allow me to try to lay it out for you!
Let’s start with some information about the current climate of maternity care in the U.S.
Did you know that:
- The U.S. spends far more money per capita on maternity and newborn care than any other country, but in spite of this has ranks as one of the worst of all industrialized countries in preventing pregnancy/birth-related disease and injury? Did you also know that maternal death is 4 times greater for African-American women than for Euro-American women in America?
- In those industrialized countries with the best perinatal outcomes, it is Midwives who attend the vast majority of births, yet in the U.S., midwife-attended births are of a great minority and hold a stigma of being a ‘fringe’ practice?
- Current maternity and newborn practices which contribute to high costs and inferior outcomes include the inappropriate use of technology and routine procedures which are not based on current scientific evidence?