Throwing Out the Baby

throwoutbabymainObstetrics is the branch of medicine dedicated to caring for pregnant women. According to a neonatologist at a Midwest hospital, some obstetricians are so concerned about the mother they forget about the baby.

The neonatologist, who asked not to be identified to protect her position, has worked with OBs who recommended abortions even against the mother's wishes. In one case, a woman about 21 weeks pregnant with twins came to her hospital after one of the baby's membranes ruptured prematurely. She was not in labor, but because a ruptured membrane presents an infection risk to the mother and ends in a miscarriage 65 percent of the time, the OBs recommended a dilation and curettage abortion procedure.

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