December 3, 2014

Fancy A Midwife, Then, Comrade?

The National Health Service has issued new guidelines recommending that births in low-risk pregnancies would be better handled by midwives than in hospitals. This recommendation applies for up to 45% of pregnancies in the UK.

The UK is a country where health care is provided to everyone in the country via a national health care service called the National Health Service. Though they do speak English there, they have different words for many things, funny-looking money, and a queen. And they drive on the wrong side of the road.

For all these and many other reasons, the concept of a national health care system and wider use of midwives for low-risk pregnancies are uncomfortably foreign and unsuitable for the United States, which prides itself on paying for epidurals, cesareans, and episiotomies, though a network of for-profit hospitals, medical technology firms, and insurance companies.

Yeah, capitalism!

Low-risk pregnant women urged to avoid hospital births [guardian]

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