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I work for a surgeon. All medicine boils down to people making informed decisions based on current medical evidence, then weighing the risks vs the benefits in their decision-making. Unfortunately, too few people recognize that there will always be trade-offs.
Heather had the right to choose to have a risky delivery at home, but she also must recognize, as must her midwife, that those risky choices come with consequences. They apparently don't want to take responsibility for the risky choice they made, instead blaming their problems on the staff at OHSU who were left to rescue them from their choices. Had they not had the option to go to OHSU or another hospital and been left with a brain damaged or dead child, I wonder what discussion we would be having now?
Do midwives carry $200,000 worth of malpractice insurance? I doubt it, because there likely is an expectation that a midwife would recommend a risky delivery start at the hospital, hence the investigation for unprofessional conduct.
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