Does the University of Illinois Hospital know about its midwives’ Facebook page?


Hmm. I wonder if the folks at the University of Illinois Hospital know that their midwives maintain their own Facebook page? Based on what’s on it, I suspect they don’t.

Here’s a screencap of a new post about me:


Here are the best quotes.

First comes the obligatory misrepresentation of my views:

It has come to our attention that there is this person who goes by the name of “Dr Amy, The Skeptical OB”. What she spews on her page is a lot of negativity and hatred towards the normal birth process. In her opinion, why in the world would anyone want an unmedicated birth? …

Then the ostentatious sadness for me:

I feel sorry for Dr. Amy and her former patients that she pushed her biases on. She will never truly know and never get it.

Of course, no post advocating unmedicated childbirth would be complete without a “non-judgmental” jab at the “anxious and fearful” women who want an epidural.

Midwives believe we should “Listen To Women” and we do. If you want a natural, unmedicated birth, “we will do everything in our power to help you achieve that”. If you are very anxious and fearful of labor and want a labor epidural, “we will do everything in our power to help you achieve that”. (You may be surprised to find out that our epidural rate is 69.6%.) …

The obligatory accusations without any attempt to actually rebut what I write:

The last thing we want is for you to experience PTSD from your birth memories.

So Dr. Amy, you are no better than the homebirth midwives you complain about. You are on the far, far right of the birth spectrum of those on the left that you ridicule. As Certified Nurse Midwives, we are everything in between.

And the coup de grace of any obnoxious natural parenting post:


Anyone who knows me knows that I value any opportunity to publicly debate the claims of natural childbirth advocates. So, U of I Hospital Midwives, do you have any specific claims of mine that you are capable of rebutting?

Let me guess, you don’t want to debate because you’d be eviscerated; you’d rather whine on Facebook. I wonder if the administration of the hospital and the Department of Obstetrics will be proud … or just embarrassed. I’m going to guess they’ll be embarrassed.