On Monday, USA TODAY, a national American daily newspaper that has the widest circulation of any newspaper in the U.S., published an article entitled For some women, no place like home for childbirth by Rita Rubin. As usual, I was worried when I clicked on the link as typically when mainstream media gets a hold on the “home birth debate” it gets ugly. (Case in point: see The Perils of Midwifery. Please don’t get me STARTED on that GARBAGE!!) However Rubin’s article was pretty alright.
First of all the couple highlighted in the piece had a beautiful homebirth experience. (What? You mean it wasn’t a horrible regrettable disaster!?!) Second she actually interviews and quotes a homebirth midwife in the article .(What a novel idea!! You mean it is responsible journalism to actually interview midwives when writing an article on them!) And thirdly she ends on a positive note with a quote from Alice Bailes, a certified nurse midwife who attends homebirths in Virginia, “We get to see one normal birth after another.”
Although the article didn’t get away with writing about home births without quoting ACOG’s mantra “Home deliveries are for pizza”, I think this article did a pretty good job for mainstream media. Thanks Rubin! You give me hope!