I find this a bit dishonest….

The skeptical OB is complaining about a woman who had a HBAC (home birth after cesarean), whose child ended up with a clavicle fracture.

When I was working at a major hospital in our state, I had free access to treatment protocols for virtually any situation. I read many of the ones that were maternity care related. The protocols for shoulder dystocia (which is what the HBAC mom likely experienced) can be resolved a couple of ways, but the last ditch effort is for a physician to literally break the clavicle on purpose. You can see intentional clavicle fracture as a treatment opinion on this wikipedia article, as well as several other places online.

The only time Dr Amy hints at the fact that physicians use intentional fracture as a last ditch effort is to say that the baby “might have” avoided the fracture in hospital. Its a glaring omission.

Home birth and natural child birth advocates do and say a lot of deplorable things. There is no need to make shit up.

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3 thoughts on “I find this a bit dishonest….”

    1. I am aware of the multiple maneuvers, and that fracturing a clavicle is the last resort. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, or that it would not have happened in this case had the patient been in the hospital. Plenty of outrageous bullshit happens in the world of NCB, there is no need to exaggerate or lie by omission about potential outcomes that are not exclusive to home birth or hospital birth.

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