More critique of the homebirth study and its reporting by the media – from Croakey – 20 January 2010

Posted on January 21, 2010. Filed under: Obstetrics | Tags: |

More critique of the homebirth study and its reporting by the media
January 20, 2010 – 7:58 pm, by Croakey

“Even if you’ve had only half an ear or eye on the media in recent days, you would have heard of a new study, published in the current edition of the Medical Journal of Australia showing that “babies are seven times more likely to die during home births”.

The most horrifying aspect of the study is the way it’s been reported by the media and promoted by sections of the medical profession, and I’ve written more about this in the Crikey bulletin today.

Associate Professor Hannah Dahlen, Vice President of the Australian College of Midwives, and an academic at the University of Western Sydney, and Professor Caroline Homer, Professor of Midwifery at the University of Technology Sydney, also had a critical look at the study and the way its findings are being portrayed.

They write:”

…continues on the website

Further commentary from Croakey:

The AMA says we are “shooting the messenger” re homebirth critique
January 21, 2010 – 2:45 pm, by Croakey

“Further to the posts below on the homebirth study, the AMA has sought right of reply.

Dr Andrew Pesce, for those who haven’t been following the story thus far, is the president of the AMA (which opposes homebirth), an obestetrician and gynaecologist, one of the reviewers of the new study, and also the author of the MJA editorial on the study.”    …continues on the website

 Medical Journal of Australia editor responds to homebirth study concerns
January 21, 2010 – 2:26 pm, by Croakey

“Following yesterday’s Crikey and Croakey pieces on the homebirth study which has been hitting the headlines, I thought it only fair to ask the editor of the Medical Journal of Australia, Dr Martin Van Der Weyden, for comment.

I had raised concerns about the MJA (which is the Journal of the AMA) asking the AMA president, Dr Andrew Pesce, to do its editorial on the study, given the AMA’s opposition to homebirth and the heated politics of maternity services reform.

Below are the questions I put to him by email and in subsequent conversations, and his responses.”     … continues on the web


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