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.
I wonder if we might not get a swifter response to letters, especially
if we have not been responded to in the initial letter, if we CC:'d a lawyer,
the district attorney or the state licensing bureau?
I just wanted to add something to the messages about writing letters to the hospital, OB, etc. I did the exact thing you have all been suggesting, in very informed yet pleasant tones, since I started having questions about my c/s 8 months after it occurred. I had a few conversations with my CNMs (med-wives, I love that word, it's just right!) and then wrote a letter with other questions. I have written three letters total which have never been answered. Either these people are totally uncaring about how women are treated at their hospital and/or they are afraid to say anything to me because they know without a doubt they have no other excuses to make about my son's birth and they know that I know more than they do about what went wrong and what could have helped me.
I thought everyone's suggestions were good; but the fact is, sometimes
people WILL NOT LISTEN TO YOU AND DO NOT CARE!!!!! I tried to correspond
with the med-wives, who I thought really and truly cared about me, and
they did, even through my postpartum from hell, but when I was well enough
to start asking questions, then watch out honey!!!! So, I just wrote a
letter and mailed ccs to admin and patient relations. I received a nicely
worded letter asking for time to look into my complaints. I'm still going
to be on guard because I've wasted enought time already trying to communicate
with the med-wives and their backup OB. They're proably hoping lawsuit
time will expire. Well, I hope it's true that it can't because they have
been covering their tracks, deliberately lying to me and hiding that they're
lying the entire time. Enough....just wanted to say letters are fine but
sometimes you will get absolutely no response for your pains.
I think it's important to:
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