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posted 28 January 2007 07:38 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is old news - I just ran across it during a completely unrelated search for something else.


Women having babies would be asked to pay for epidurals under a proposal from the Royal College of Midwives.

Its education and research committee says too many have the pain-relieving injection, given to a fifth of pregnant women.

Critics said the proposal, to be debated at the RCM conference, would discriminate against poor women.

Who the hell do they think they are, anyhow? This pisses me off so much. My response to them? Keep your fucking ideology off of my body, you moralistic freaks.

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posted 28 January 2007 08:00 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Incredible! I will (thankfully) never understand the pain connected with childbirth. But as a father, I have seen, in the delivery room, the difference an epidural can make.

What I hate about this BBC report is the unasked questions by the media, such as:

"I'll bet midwives aren't allowed to prescribe or administer epidurals, right Ms. Spokeperson?"

"If epidurals were indeed user-pay as you suggest, could this help remove one of the reasons for women not to use midwives? More business for you folks, perhaps?"

Now, I don't know the answers to these questions, but I sure would have liked to hear them asked.

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posted 28 January 2007 02:12 PM      Profile for Southlander     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Their logic is flawed. If more of the woman getting epidurals need extra assistance, it is wrong to blaim this on the epidural. It is more likely to be because the woman in trouble are in more pain, and so more likely to get the epidural. It's like saying people who take panadol are more likely to have had a headache, so lets ban panadol and lower the incidence of headaches!
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