Questioning Veracity

After some prodding by me and others, finally, last week the Ventura County Star and writer Tom Kisken finally reported on the status of the longstanding midwife ban at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, CA. I found the headline to be misleading, the article to be very milk toast and Mr Kisken's investigative effort into the veracity of the hospital administration to be lax at best. Those that have followed me for the past year and a half know of the issues to which I am referring. Please read and add your comment to the story at:

Midwives ban to be lifted at Camarillo hospital; question is when

I have sent Mr. Kisken the following e-mail after returning home from a fun filled weekend with my daughter and her Westlake High School choir class at the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim. Hoarse and exhausted from chaperoning 160 kids through the event and long, good days at Disneyland and California Adventure.

Dear Tom, I just read your article is last weeks Star. I found it very disappointing. Once again you failed to get anyone to explain anything. You allowed administration to avoid answering the obvious question. "Why Certified midwives banned and not doctors?" Laurie Eberst was not even here when this happened. What could she possibly know about the truth other than what she had been fed? Where are the quotes from Ann Kelley or Eugene Fussell? If no one is talking doesn't that bother you? You quoted anonymous sources but did not say why anyone would need to remain anonymous here. How about explaining that your sources were reprimanded last time for talking to you? How about some investigative journalism into why anesthesia is and has been obstructing the midwives return? Did you speak with Dr. Kalcic? How can it possibly take more than a year to implement any policy change if they really want to change? Good investigative reporting would have asked those questions and not allowed a non-answer. Also, since I was a major part of their reasoning for the ban, why not approach me for information? Was not I the one who gave you the "push" in the first place? And what is that headline supposed to mean? It seemed almost tongue in cheek and very inappropriate. Was that story really your best work?

Sincerely, Stuart Fischbein, MD

I will patiently await his reponse and happily report any error in my facts should he wish to clarify. My colleague, Kim Rivers, has written a letter to the editor in reponse to the article. With her permission, I will post it if the Star refuses to.