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Boomer Esiason: For Baseball Season Opener, Mets player’s wife should have gotten a C-section

Daniel Murphy and wife married in December 2012 and welcomed their first child this past Sunday March 31, 2014. 
Forget the risk of major surgery including  infection, bleeding, blood clot and death.  Make your wife go under the knife needlessly and get a C-section so you don’t miss the first day of baseball season. We’re paraphrasing, but that is the advice former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason essentially said yesterday on his radio show “Boomer & Carton” he would have given The Mets second basemen Daniel Murphy who skipped opening day to take paternity leave and be with his wife and new baby.


More literally Esiason said:

“I would have said, ‘C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day…I’m sorry, this is what makes our money. This is how we’re going to live our life. This is going to give my child every opportunity to be a success in life. I’ll be able to afford any college I want to send my kid to, because I’m a baseball player.’”

Esiason’s co-host Craig Carton chimed in “What are you gonna do anyway? You’re not breastfeeding the kid!” The Murphys married in December 2012 and welcomed their first kid this past Sunday, March 31.
*big sigh*
Fist of all, as stated above, cesarean delivery is major surgery associated with uncommon but increased risk of medical complications such as infection, bleeding, and blood clots that can occur in the lower extremities or lungs, a 2013 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology noted
Neonatal mortality rates were higher among infants delivered by cesarean section than for those delivered vaginally, a popular study in the Birth Issues in Perinatal Care states.
Cesarean delivery also increases hospital stay. Further, the total cesarean section rate in the United States is 32.8%, which represents 60% increase since 1996. 


Another study from January this year presented before the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine‘s annual meeting discussed intervention methods for reducing the C-Section rate.
The United States government’s initiative The Healthy People project is aiming to reduce the C-Section rate by 23.9% by 2020 for low-risk women with a singleton vertex (head-first) presentation and no prior cesarean births, BOOOOMER!
In other words, BOOOOOMER, there is a DELIBERATE and concerted effort in the MEDICAL community to REDUCE the rate at which women are undergoing the surgical knife to deliver a baby because it is less risky. Ideally, delivering a baby the way nature intended is best for mom and child’s health.
And here you are suggesting the man force his woman to jump into the risk pool. *smacks hand on head*
For Esiason to suggest that Murphy should risk the life of his wife and baby to attend a baseball game is incredibly selfish, sexist, insensitive and utterly douche-bag esque. 
It appears this former player and many who think like him are from the old school. 
It would not be great but suggesting that Murphy miss the natural birth is even better than suggesting he ought to force his wife to go under local anesthesia out of convenience of the start of a game. 
And still, it is just ONE  GAME out of  162! 
Good grief. Cut the man some slack! We are not in the heyday when men sat outside the delivery room and then disappeared for the season to earn a living and left their wives to take care of  the children on her lonesome. It took two to make that baby and irrespective of the fact the game earns their living and quality of life, a caring father, athlete or no, in 2014 is and should be entitled a few days. That time is the least he could do to give back to the woman who just spend 40 achy weeks of back pain, possibly sciatic leg pain, bloating, gas, weight gain, fluctuations in hormones, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, labor, and delivery. 
Sheesh!
Fall back Boooomer and any other man who feels it necessary to butt his nose in another man’s new baby business.



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Study: More Fetal Deaths linked to Home Births

Earlier this month, actress Thandie Newton announced that she gave birth to her third child at home. She is among the growingnumber of women opting for home births in the United States in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  
A recent study presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting on February 7 stated that patients delivered at home by midwives had a roughly four times higher risk of neonatal deaths than babies delivered in the hospital by midwives. The increased neonatal mortality risk is associated with the location of a planned birth, rather than the credentials of the person delivering the baby, the report noted.
Using CDC data of 14 million linked infant birth and neonatal death,  researchers at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center found the absolute risk of neonatal mortality was 3.2/10,000 births in midwife hospital births, and 12.6/10,000 births in midwife home births, and it further increased in first-time mothers to 21.9/10,000 births in midwife home deliveries. Neonatal mortality was defined as neonatal deaths up to 28 days after delivery.
“This risk further increased to about seven-fold if this was the mother’s first pregnancy, and to about ten-fold in pregnancies beyond 41 weeks,” said Amos Grunebaum, M.D.
Grunebaum and co-author Frank Chervenak, M.D. said that obstetric practitioners have an ethical obligation to disclose the increased absolute and relative risks associated with planned home birth to expectant parents who express an interest in this delivery setting, and to recommend strongly against it.
They suggest that hospitals make their policies more welcoming to mid-wives and create more comfortable birthing environments, to eliminate the need for “unnecessary obstetric interventions”, a release about the study stated. 
Interesting. What are your thoughts on this study and the authors suggestion which seemingly implies hospitals should do more to obviate the need for midwives who will assist in a home birth?

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