Dr. Amy Tuteur is to Rikki Lake as PZ Myers is to Ray Comfort. She’s a pit bull that feeds on helpless soy milk drinking, granola crunching, natural home-birth hippies. Hey, those are my friends (and family) she’s eviscerating with evidence-based arguments!!
Dr. Tuteur is a Harvard educated OBGYN who knows her way around a birth canal. She’s currently a full-time Mom and a part-time blogger at the Skeptical OB blog. She also recently joined the ranks at our favorite blog of skeptically-minded doctors, Science-Based Medicine.
She breaks right out of the gate with two articles on home birthing and c-sections. For those familiar with Dr. Tuteur, the information will not be new, but Science-Based Medicine will bring her argument to a wider audience. Considering that she’s substantially shifted my understanding of the issue, I think she deserves to be heard.
At the Dragoncon parenting panel, I mentioned that my wife and I compromised on the birth of our daughter Sasha. My wife wanted a “natural” labor & delivery, and I wanted it at the hospital because I believed, without statistical evidence at the time, that hospitals would be safer. Then, Skeptrack panelist Daniel Loxton piped in that he and his wife had a home birth because he had looked into the research and decided that home birth was just as safe as hospital birth. It made me shrink a bit to be corrected by a respected professional skeptic, but I still stand by my conclusion that hospitals are ultimately more safe.
I’m pretty sure that Daniel lives in Canada, which might make the difference, but Dr. Amy Tuteur would say that the statistics point to a much different conclusion in America, citing this chart showing that Direct Entry Midwives (home birth) have twice the mortality rate as hospital births…