Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Celebration out of Grief and the Financial Toll of Birth: Relevant Pregnancy News

Pregnancy news to inspire and consider:
  • Recently I realized that I knew more women who had had a miscarriage than had not, but it never makes it any easier. One of the harder things is that it can be difficult to talk about, and difficult to hear about; one really struggles with what to say all around. As a result many women never really get heard about their complicated emotions, not to mention the vexom, at the least, and horrific at the worst, physicality of the experience. An inspiring event recently occurred in Virginia in which families found a way to remember and celebrate their lost children within the community, taking the grief out of the silence. "The Walk To Remember" is planned to be an annual event, and hopefully will spread to other communities to help bring a small measure of comfort through supportive inclusion.
  • The worst case scenario of finding out that there is a serious issue with your unborn child can test the fortitude of the most resolute of parents-to-be. What are parents to do when two doctors and countless Internet horror stories tell them there is no hope? They follow their gut and get a third opinion, and their healthy five year old child is a testament to their resolution to follow their hearts and intuition! An inspiring story for parents.
  • Once you hit 35, all kinds of daunting tests are proposed for the expectant mother to screen for issues and possible defects. There has been significant worry about the safety of these highly invasive tests, and in a percentage of pregnancies is suspected of leading to miscarriage. Recently a new report found that the CVS (chorionic villus sampling) "does not appear to raise the risk of fetal loss."
  • In a time of escalating health care costs and shrinking coverage the issue of how birth is handled in our culture and health care systems is receiving increased scrutiny due to the sheer costs that the procedures that are administered to the average pregnant women, let alone those requiring more intervention. The escalating rates of c-section, long a serious point of contention in the birth debate, in particular are adding an immense load, and perhaps unnecessarily, and continue to put women on the course of repeated surgeries for their subsequent pregnancies. Those who want to have vaginal deliveries (VBAC) following a c-section are finding an uphill battle to do so, spawning activism. An important dimension of the healthcare debate to consider as we tackle (hopefully) the healthcare issue in the national debate.

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