Symphysiotomy is a surgical procedure in which the cartilage of the pubic symphysis is divided to widen the pelvis allowing childbirth when there is a mechanical problem. It is also known as pelviotomy, synchondrotomy,, pubiotomy, and Gigli’s operation after Leonardo Gigli, who invented a saw commonly used in Europe to accomplish the operation….
A mechanical problem? Like a broken gear in the doctor’s head? Seriously, WTF is wrong with people?
… According to the United Nations, between 1990 and 2008, the global rate for maternal mortality decreased by 34%. During that same period however, the maternal mortality ratio — that is, deaths per 100,000 live births —nearly doubled within the United States, from 12 to 24. Despite spending more per birth than any other nation in the world, cumulatively over $50 billion annually, in recent studies of maternal mortality rates, the United States is ranked just 28th overall, behind countries like Kazakhstan and Montenegro….
By the early 20th century, doctors and medical associations began to push for legal monopolies on obstetrical care and launched smear campaigns against midwives, labeling them“incompetent and ignorant.” Midwifery became regulated and even outlawed, nearly disappearing from the American birthing experience altogether.
Although consumer demand led to a reintroduction of midwifery to the United States in the 1960s, as of 2009 midwives were delivering 8% of U.S. births. …
We know midwives’ presence is linked to better birth outcomes, especially for low-risk women. In the United Kingdon, where the maternal mortality rate is a third of the U.S. rate and childbirth is a fraction of the cost, midwives attend 68% of all births. A 2014 study by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence found that healthy women with low-risk pregnancies are safer giving birth under the care of midwives than doctors. The study further recommended that regardless of where a woman chooses to give birth, a midwife should always be present. …
Even CNN is starting to notice. Wow.