The baby and the bathwaterBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7217.1114a (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1114
- Mary E Black, professor of public health, University of Queensland
An obstetric post in rural Ireland in the mid 1980s convinced me that all births should take place in hospital. Indeed, I was the utterly convincing, friendly, woman doctor wheeled out to change the mind of the occasional weirdo, errant mother who wanted anything else. I was pretty good at cranking up from “softly, softly,” to the full blown “how can you put your baby at risk, you irresponsible excuse for a woman?” approach. I listened only to let them get it out of their system.
Ten years later …