The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
"A TIMES INVESTIGATION Kaiser doctor, accused of negligence, remains
job "I've been telling these guys for years that he was going to kill
someone," said Dr. Gilbert Moran, the former ob-gyn chief. "And no one would
By Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
October 16, 2007
Late one April night, the first of Sarah Valenzuela's twins arrived
little trouble, but the second stayed put.
Though the baby was not in distress, Kaiser Permanente perinatologist
Safari attached a vacuum extractor to the boy's head to draw him out. Again
and again he tugged, but still the baby would not come.
He vigorously shook the vacuum, up and down, side to side, according
government documents and hospital incident reports.
It took 90 minutes and six tries -- the last with Safari on his knees,
pulling. Horrified staffers -- and the boy's father -- looked on as baby
Devin finally emerged. His skin was a bloodless white, his neck elongated
His spinal cord had been severed.
Safari lashed out at a nurse. "What did you do to that baby? I gave
good baby," he said, according to a complaint letter the nurse sent to her
Staffers at the Fresno birthing center were devastated and angry --
just because of the twin lost that night in 2005.
Over the years, doctors and nurses repeatedly had complained to higher-ups
-- including Kaiser's top medical officer in Northern and Central California
-- about problems they saw in Safari's skills and behavior, according to
interviews and documents.
This is a story not just of tragic medical outcomes, but of a health
that did not prevent them."
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