From Dr. Bootstaylor’s Facebook wall:
Farewell letter (11/26/20)
A Farewell & Thank You letter.
I attended my 1st hospital birth as a medical student in 1987, and I was blown away by the power of women in the realm of birth and beyond. Over the subsequent 33 years, I also witnessed the medical establishment take this power away from woman, attempting to silence their voices while minimizing their choices.My raison d’être as a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist was to support mothers healthy choices based on science & shared decision making; not fear (false evidence appearing real). In essence, encouraging a healthy transparent process for those involved.The medical establishment, however has a different program in place, which deliberately disempowers mothers by limiting their choices & their voices under the guise of “safety” (buttressed by fear).This cognitive dissonance in this current environment (33 yrs later, in this tumultuous year 2020) is unhealthy for everyone, as few people are respecting the science (evidence based) or the mothers voice/choice/understanding of the science and/or recommendations.The SDM (shared decision making) book, as an communication tool, was my attempt to balance the scales and bring the power of birth back into the hands of the mother. The medical establishment must think otherwise. Consequently, my ability to support mothers has been taken out of my hands (ironically), with an abrupt 21 day notice that essentially eliminates my craft, as of December 11, 2020. And worse yet, penalizes my patients who must now, at the 11 th hour, seek different options and place to birth (See Baby is actively helping these Moms in this regard).In my opinion this was deliberate malicious action.My charge to mothers: maintain your voices, and organize to reclaim the power to birth safely, based on science and personal choices (aka good trouble). Bring Birth Back!I also would like “Thank” everyone who has positively impacted my journey, and I greatly appreciate all the support I have received over the years from my office Staff at See Baby, Nurses, Doula’s, Midwives, Obstetricians, Child Birth Professionals & last, but not least the Mothers.Be well, Thank you.
PS. I will continue to provide office based MFM consultations & Fetal Ultrasounds, which will provide mothers a vehicle of support.