Even on Vacation....

Darn those Goolgle alert search engines. While on vacation I was browsing my email and was alerted to a post by The Skeptical OB (Amy Tuteur)claiming MANA is trying to hide death statistics. Many of you know of this blogger from her vehement stance against VBAC, homebirth and midwives. I don't think she likes me much either. In her current blog at:

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/midwives-alliance-trying-to-hide-high-infant-death-statistics

she says,"I have been hammering away at this issue in the past 4 years in every possible forum and with every professional homebirth advocate I could find ... and the silence has been deafening".

Well, I believe that most of us do not take her seriously so do not bother responding. However, since she has somewhat of a following and has the ability to confuse and upset many readers I decided to accept her challenge and offer to debate her in an open forum. I guess I just found relaxing in a tropical paradise too peaceful and so I responded to her as follows:


Dear Dr. Tuteur, You seem to be very passionate and knowledgeable in your blogs. I am happy to respond to you and break the silence you claim is deafening. Who are you really and what is your background and expertise in this subject? You have been pounding away at midwives, VBAC, homebirth and me from a place of anonymity for 4 years. Many professionals dismiss you simply as an agitator who likes to see herself in print. I am happy to give you the benefit of the doubt and accept your challenge. Lets have an open debate. I am inviting you to accept an opportunity to debate me on this subject at a public venue of your choice. Or, if you prefer, I will ask ACOG or MANA to set up a public forum in the next year where you and I can debate face to face and respond to questions from attendees. You can reach me via email at stuart@thewomansplace.com. Lets stop the hyperbole and name calling and debate our differences like professionals and like adults.
Sincerely, S. Fischbein, MD FACOG

I will let you know if I hear anything. For those on the east coast, please stay safe and warm. Dr. F