“Okay, here is a big problem that has been lurking for a few months. The FDA has seized all the portable birth pools that are currently imported and are threatening to destroy them. They claim they are unregistered medical equipment, but they are not providing a way or means to get them registered. In other words, if the medical authorities can't stop waterbirth, then just have the FDA take away the birth pools. This IS SERIOUS my dear ones!!! VERY SERIOUS!!!”
Undoubtedly, women who believe in the freedom of birth choices agree with the serious nature of the actions of the FDA.
It is a sad day when we as a society take a step backwards towards oppression of freedom in the name of greed. Make no mistake, this action was not based on concern by a discriminative organization, but an act of suppression to preserve the bottom line of all who have a vested interest in seeing less women birth at home. How interesting is it that this happens just when the CDC announces a slight rise in home births.
A country who spends the most money on birth with a pitiful record (infant/maternal mortality) to show for it, deserves to have its integrity, motivations scrutinized and questioned…especially considering, despite the recent surge in home births, 99 percent of women still birth in hospitals.
Birth Pool in a Box – FDA Approved (Did they seize these too? I wonder….)