Archive for October 19th, 2010

By Duganz

This is the kind of thing our President should be recording. And, about that… Sorry Mrs. Clinton.

And if that weren’t inspiring enough (again, sorry about 2008, Mrs. Former Senator), the military is accepting gay recruits. Apparently they think U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips had a point with her decision last week ruling against DADT. But, before I get all high-and-mighty, the recruiters are telling newbies that they may end up getting kicked out. Luckily, Judge Phillips isn’t playing nice with Uncle Sam, and has rejected their request for her to rescind her injunction.

All and all, it’s a pretty damn good day. I think I’m going to celebrate with my new favorite non-local brew: Harvest Moon Brewing Company’s Beltian White.

by lizard

Everyone has a birthing story because each and every one of us entered this world at a particular time in a particular location on this earth. My second son was born this morning at 6:34am, at Community hospital. And while Community is a great place to deliver a baby, it’s not the only option for expecting mothers in Missoula.

An integral part of anyone’s birthing story is the method(s) by which a woman is allowed or assisted in her labor. I use those two words–allowed and assisted–deliberately, because it highlights a simmering fissure in two competing philosophies about the birthing process, and that fissure exists right here, in Missoula.

When my wife got pregnant the first time, we did what any 21st century couple does–we googled our options. That’s how we discovered the newly opened Birth Center, located in the newly built Montgomery Building, named after the late Dr. Lynn Montgomery who built and ran the Birth Center.

Dr. Montgomery died shortly after my first son was born, of a heart attack, and the Birth Center in its original incarnation didn’t survive Lynn’s passing. Luckily a certified midwife who worked with Lynn, Jeanne Hebl, is keeping the option open for healthy moms-to-be. And it’s at the new Birth Center, located on 39th street, where my wife attempted a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarian).

For awhile our midwife was persona non grata at Community hospital. check out this October 17th, 2009 Missoulian article (coincidentally the same day a year later my wife went into labor). Jeanne was literally not allowed on Community property, leaving her patients without their birthing advocate at the front door.

Personally, as a consumer of both services, I find this turf war frustrating, because both services, I think, are needed, and can potentially compliment each other. Of course when money is involved, it’s all markets and competition and hardball. Patients of health services never win in this battle. Continue Reading »

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