Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I got a nice email today from a woman in Missoula, Montana, who had read my book. She said there is a big controversy in her town between the only hospital that has an OB ward and a longtime certified nurse midwife who opened a tiny independent birth center... and lo and behold, the same week that she opened her birth center for business, she was personally banned from the property of the hospital.

I think more attention (and appropriate outcry) might force the hospital to really reevaluate the issue or at least make some concessions.

Go forth and tell the hospital why they are wrong and why it is women who lose, not their bottom line. Read her story.

The midwife, Jeanne Hebl, has a website.

5 comments:

womantowomancbe said...

The story has been moved -- probably archived, so the URL changed. Here's the new one.

-Kathy

womantowomancbe said...

The story has been moved -- probably archived, so the URL changed. Here's the new one.

-Kathy

Tina Cassidy said...

Thanks, Kathy

pinky said...

How can the hospital do that? I didn't think hospitals could ban anyone? Seems very nonproductive if in fact this lady is a cnm who is delivering low risk women at home.

Michelle said...

I am from Missoula and Jeanne delivered my second child after a not so great hospital delivery at the same hospital that banned Jeanne. She is a very caring person who really wants what is best for her patients. I am absolutely certain that the stated reason made by the hospital is not true. However, it appears that Jeanne may be able to go back to Community Hospital with her patients as support. She also had her first birth at her birth center this month. It baffles me why our hospital feels such animosity toward a birth center in our community. Go Jeanne!