I have no idea how I stumbled onto this story. I do not follow home-birthing pages. I never heard of this blogger before.
But this fascinating.
Here’s the original post. Lisa had a baby at home. This isn’t her first rodeo and she knows all about stuff, except she was remarking about the umbilical cord and the candy cane coloring. Baby seems fine, she says.
Dr. Amy Tuteur, who I have discovered blogs as The Skeptical OB (love the name) and who the back-to-nature, Jesus-totes-wants-me-to-have-my-baby-in-a-swimming-pool crowd seem to hate, which sort of recommends her in my opinion, wrote the above post on her Facebook page.
Now, I ask you this. Is what she said mean and hateful and horrible?
I think not.
A few hours later, there was this.
At this point, Dr. Tuteur is getting peeved, and it’s quite understandable. It would have been very simple at that point, since the mother went to the hospital anyway, to get the baby checked. But the mother thinks she’s a damn doctor so she doesn’t bother.
But still, notice that Dr. Tuteur has obscured the woman’s last name. I wouldn’t have chosen to do that at this point. This young woman was endangering her child’s life and at this point, she knew it was possible that her baby could be in danger. With the first post, you could tell she didn’t know and asked.
By the next day, Dr. Tuteur tells her readers to dial it back. And she’s right. Lisa knew what the danger was and that’s enough. Plenty could and should be said publicly, but bombarding her with PMs and stuff doesn’t help.
And another 24 hours later, the father chimes in. The kid was seen by a doc and everything is fine. That’s great, says Dr. Tuteur. Crisis averted, or really, it appears was nonexistent. Right?
And Dr. Tuteur has done everything possible to caution her readers to lay off this couple. They took the kid to a doctor. All is well.
The large type is a screen shot that the mother posted in some birthing group.
Here’s the rest.
Oh, so now she admits there was, in fact, a problem.
In other words, Dr. Tuteur was right. She was right. That’s because she is a retired OB doc. She knew what she was looking at.
But, does Lisa Dumbass HomeBirthing Expert Extraordinaire say, “You know, I was peeved with Dr. Tuteur and I don’t especially like her, but she was right.” Does she do that?
Of course not.
Instead, she is going to teach everyone. She’s the fucking teacher, sharing the information like she fucking invented it.
Instead, she is “grateful” for the “support” she got from other brain-dead ignoramuses who thought that everything was lovely and Dr. Tuteur is a moron. She’s not “grateful” to the one person with some actual knowledge and experience who said, “You know what? This is a dangerous situation. I can’t diagnose via Facebook but you need to see a doc.”
Instead, she calls Dr. Tuteur a “malicious shock jock blogger.” I suppose that is something like a “tabloid blogger.” She also says that she, poor thing, has been having postpartum depression because Dr. Tuteur said mean things. Really.
Dr. Tuteur is my new hero.