“As a physician, teacher and health policy researcher, I thought I was pretty savvy about health care in the United States. But nothing prepared me for the experience of delivering a baby in the U.S. health-care system”. The denunciation that Carla C. Keirns entrusted to the columns of the Washington Post is hard, precise and detailed. “As a mother-to-be, I felt what all mothers feel: responsible for the life I was bringing into the world and willing to do anything to increase the chances that I would have a healthy baby”. However, the woman confided at the same time, “I was also concerned that the medical technology my doctors and I were relying on to keep me and my baby safe might lead to interventions that weren’t necessary”. The account is indeed by a “see who’s strongest” competitor. Aware that birth is “an intricate dance of hormones, muscles and emotions”, Keirns succeeded in coping with the doctors, obstetricians and nurses who surrounded her, giving birth to her first child in the natural way. But she managed with difficulty. Her words are vibrant with scorn and anger as she denounces the situation in the U.S.: 32 per cent of Caesarean births as opposed to the 10-15 percent that the World Health Organization considers would be objectively acceptable.
St. Peter’s Square
Aug. 26, 2019
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