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FWF - 013 - A Matter of Choice

Written by Jeanne Ohm, D.C.   
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 08:33

Family Wellness First

The E-newsletter for Parents to make Informed Health Care Choices

A Matter of Choice

New approaches to health care 'Alternative' therapies now mainstream for many families"

As Americans we are proud of our right to choose and we expect that right to extend into our health care choices as well. The first story we are featuring is one demonstrating how parents are discovering viable, options for their families' well-being.

Titled, "New approaches to health care 'Alternative' therapies now mainstream for many families" this article offers an excellent insight into parent's growing demand for safe, effective and natural modes of care for their families.

Author Jolene Gensheimer begins the piece with a section on chiropractic,
"After enduring 50 hours in labor and the Caesarian Section birth of her son Anson, Kim Pham of Seattle did not head straight home from the hospital to rest. She took her 3-day-old son directly to a chiropractor because she was concerned about the effects of the difficult labor and the unnatural tugging and pulling from the C-section on her new baby's spine."

She continues by explaining that parents are now making informed, educated choices for their families and no longer following advice that may not seem to be in the best interest of their families' well being. This quote reveals the current trend in parent's views: "There is a lot of concern about very young people becoming increasingly medicated," says Dr. Bruce Milliman, N.D., a naturopathic physician at Seattle Healing Arts, who has been practicing for 25 years. "Parents ask, 'Is it really possible that my child needs to be medicated before 5 years old?' In the past, that would be unusual, and now it is more commonplace. I think it is disturbing to parents who might be more thoughtful or better educated."

To read the article in its entirety, visit: http://www.parentmap.com/may_05/0505_1.htm

Are we loosing our right to choose?

The following article addresses an very important issue on informed health care choices. Written by Lisa Collier Cool in a recent issue of Baby Talk, this write up is sure to get parents alerted to protecting their right to choose.

Lisa begin the article with, " Amber Marlowe anticipated an easy delivery when she went into labor on January 14, 2004. But after a routine ultrasound, doctors at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, in Pennsylvania, decided that the baby — at what looked like 13 pounds — was too big to deliver vaginally and told her that she needed to have a cesarean. The mom-to-be, however, wasn't convinced: After all, she'd given birth to her six previous kids the natural way, including other large babies. And monitoring showed that the fetus was in no apparent distress.

After she said no to surgery, doctors spent hours trying to change her mind. When that didn't work, the hospital went to court, seeking an order to become her unborn baby's legal guardian. A judge ruled that the doctors could perform a "medically necessary" c-section against the mom's will, if she returned to that hospital. Meanwhile, she and her husband checked out against the doctors' advice and went to another hospital, where she later gave birth vaginally to a healthy 11-pound girl. "When I found out about the court order, I couldn't believe the hospital would do something like that. It was scary and very shocking," says Marlowe. "All this just because I didn't want a c-section."

To read the article in its entirety, visit: http://www.freewebs.com/forcedc-sections/


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