Dr. Phil must have an agenda against mothers who choose to do home birth. First, he solicits submissions from mothers who regret their home birth, and then his spin-off program ‘The Doctors‘ presents an unfair, inaccurate, and biased pro-hospital argument to a couple considering home birth.
Regular readers will know that my wife chose to do a drug-free “natural” birth. I specifically requested that the birth be done at a hospital because I didn’t want to take any chances. I think everyone can agree that the instinctual concern about the health and safety of mother and child is normal, but just because I had worries about birthing at home doesn’t mean I had all the facts. Licensed midwives are trained to take care of serious situations, they know when a birth requires medical attention, and they are professionals. But, you wouldn’t know that it if you relied on the bad facts from the CBS hit piece “The Doctors”.
Read a midwife’s detailed response to the “home birth” episode of “The Doctors” here. She does a great job disputing their bad information and obvious biased propaganda. If anyone would like to challenge the corrections provided by this midwife, I will happy to host the debate. I’m not an expert or scholar on home vs. hospital birth, but I can see that CBS did not present a balanced view on the subject. I understand that sticking up for home birth is not the skeptical thing to do, but I also think that skeptics should defend truthful arguments, whether they fit modern traditions or not. I welcome true balance on this divisive issue; if any doctors or scientists have an informed opinion, please let us know in the comments section.