Stop The Tape!

If you’re expecting a baby and you want to capture the labor and delivery forever on video, you can forget about it in Washington State. What use to be common place in many hospitals in the Pacific Northwest has now become a no no. Fearing lawsuits, doctors are hesitant to allow Dad to frame Mom as she’s huffin and puffin and yellin and screaming.

John C. Nelson admits that he gets a little teary-eyed every time he sees the videotape of a close friend’s child being born by Caesarean section.

But don’t expect Nelson – an obstetrician and president of the American Medical Association – to allow any of his patients to capture all the same heartfelt and life-changing moments on videotape. Like other doctors around the country, Nelson said increasing fears that those family videotapes could one day be used in a lawsuit led him to start asking parents to limit camera use during some of their infant’s first moments.

“What once used to be really fun and warm and cozy and so forth is now a potential nail in the coffin from a liability perspective,” said Nelson, who practices in Salt Lake City and delivered babies until 2003.

The medical association doesn’t offer specific guidelines on personal videotaping of deliveries, but Nelson said ongoing concerns about medical liability has many doctors and hospitals at least cutting back on what they will allow. He said he began restricting mom and dad’s videotaping after the medical center he practiced in, LDS Hospital, started urging limitations.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that its members discuss what limitations there may be on filming the birth during a patient’s prenatal visits, so there are no surprises in the delivery room, said Larry Veltman, chair of the committee on professional liability. While doctors’ preferences still vary, he said, “Certainly the tendency is to move toward less and less ability to videotape.”

Personally, I never really “connected” with couples who wanted to videotape the birth of their children. Heck, I’ve known some to actually have the child at home, in the living room, with the ENTIRE family sitting there taking in the event. I don’t know…just something creepy about it.

But, I digress.

This issue is really larger than families missing out on 45 minutes of guttural moaning, sweating, and cursing with angle shots of 3 or 4 different bodily fluids. This is about the fear doctors have about the job they do. This is about a doctor having second thoughts about everything he does, in the clinic, over the telephone, in the operating room, or on an airplane when an emergency occurs and the flight attendant asks if a doctor is on board. The threat of litigation is very real, and it can destroy a practice.

“The doctor wants to be concerned about the clinical issue in front of him, and not have to worry about how it’s going to play on TV,” Nelson said.

Others argue, however, that that is exactly how doctors should be thinking when they deliver a baby or perform another medical procedure.

“If doctors were concerned about liability and frivolous lawsuits, they should welcome videotapes,” said David Beninger, a lawyer with Seattle-based Luvera Law Firm. “A videotape proves what happens and when it happens. There’s no more reliance on faded memories.”

Beninger said he thinks most people want to record a child’s birth for the memories, not the evidence – but argues those tapes can also come in handy if there is a dispute.

He and his client, Dylan Malone, relied on a personal videotape in a case involving Malone’s son, Ian, who was born in 1999 and died last May of pneumonia, a result of complications related to his birth.

The family eventually reached a $2 million settlement with Cascade Midwives and Birth Center in Everett. Malone said that was largely because medical records inaccurately portrayed Ian as healthy throughout the birth while the videotape showed dire complications. The medical center declined to comment.

Nope, I’m not going to get in that fight. You know, the argument about Midwives and “Birthing Centers” as opposed to the good ‘ol traditional sterile hospital where I was born. I have to wonder though. Has anyone done a study to measure the risks of having babies in odd places? Yes, yes, yes, I know…my grandparents were probably born in the family barn or in a basement or some place that was dirtier than, well, you get my drift. It didn’t hurt them right? I wonder. It does seem like there were lots of complications back then, and lots of stillborn children.

But I digress.

Although videotaping cutbacks stem from lawsuit concerns, Veltman said he hasn’t heard of insurance companies pushing doctors to stop videotaping. Gary Morse, general counsel with Seattle-based Physicians Insurance a Mutual Company, said the issue was discussed somewhat by insurers in the 1980s, when home video cameras began appearing, but his company hasn’t dealt with it since.

After his son’s birth, Malone became a staunch proponent of allowing videotapes in delivery rooms. But when his own second child, Molly, was born in a different hospital, the Malones tried to create an experience exactly opposite of their son’s birth – and that included ditching the video camera.

“I didn’t even ask about their policies,” Malone said. “I wanted a very different birth.”

The bottom line is this – frivoless lawsuits are a plague on our society, and something must be done before we get to a point where doctors won’t even touch patience anymore. They’ll simply program a computer who will do all the probing, poking and prodding.

But hey, if your doctor does end up being a computer, you’ll probably be able to give birth and live blog the contractions at the same time.

Cool.

Comments

  1. Todd Gastaldo says:

    OB CHILD ABUSE AT UCLA (Attn: UCLA Police Officer DL Mills; thanks for
    calling me today. This is the email I promised. So as to keep our
    conversation short I did not mention the bizarre birth-canal-closing
    behavior of UCLA obstetricians.)

    1. UCLA OBs are closing birth canals up to 30% and keeping birth canals
    closed when babies get stuck – and pulling with hands, forceps and vacuums –
    sometimes so hard they rip spinal nerves out of tiny spinal cords. It’s a
    mass SPINAL MANIPULATION crime against babies. More on this below.

    2. UCLA OBs are temporarily asphyxiating babies (immediate cord clamping)
    thereby robbing them of up to 50% of their blood volume – fraudulently
    suggesting that failure to rob babies of blood volume will generally result
    in neonatal hyperbilirubinemia… More below.

    I am in favor of pardons in advance for MDs because… At UCLA and elsewhere
    medical students are TRAINED to perform mass child abuse. See the quotes
    from the UCLA-edited obstetric text quoted below.

    Attn: LA County Supervisor. Michael ANTONOVICH, 5th District
    FifthDistrict@bos.co.la.ca.us.

    Mr. Antonovich, one of your constituents, Medical Veritas Editor-in-Chief
    Gary S. GOLDMAN, PhD (Pearblossom, unincorporated area of your 5th
    District), agrees that OBs are committing obvious mass child abuse – an
    “atrocity” he called semisitting birth after corroborating my facts with an
    MD. Yesterday, Dr. Goldman asked me if I had reported.

    MY TELEPHONE REPORTS THIS MORNING I reported this morning (March 28) to the
    LA County Child Abuse Hotline where Eric Faiz listened with interest but
    told me he could only take a report on IN-HOME child abuse. He referred me
    to LA County Family Crimes Detective Al Fraijo (562-946-7960) who also
    listened with interest. Det. Fraijo indicated there might be political
    problems. UCLA Police Department Officer DL Mills (female) telephoned me
    after Det. Fraijo called her sergeant. I called her back (310-825-1491) and
    she said she couldn’t investigate because she has no proof that my
    allegations are true. She seemed EXTREMELY reluctant to look. (Immediate
    clamping is unmistakable.) I told her that I would send her exact quotes
    from UCLA obstetrics professors saying clamping is done “within 15-20
    seconds of delivery” if she would give me her email address, which she did.
    dlmills@ucpd.ucla.edu.

    Supervisor Antonovich, I think Det. Fraijo was right. This mass child abuse
    by MDs problem is a POLITICAL problem. You are a politician assigned to the
    Board of Supervisor’s District Attorney and Courts Departments…
    http://lacounty.info/deptassign_bos.pdf

    Please immediately ask that the LA County District Attorney investigate.
    Perhaps you could ask the DA to speak with Chief Deputy DA Bill Hodgman, my
    old roomate at UCLA. Bill knows that I am honest.

    NOTE: ALL FIVE Los Angeles County Supervisorial Districts likely have
    hospitals with OBs performing mass child abuse like that being performed at
    UCLA.

    AGAIN: THE OB CHILD ABUSE AT UCLA

    1. UCLA OBs are closing birth canals up to 30% and keeping birth canals
    closed when babies get stuck – and pulling with hands, forceps and vacuums –
    sometimes so hard they rip spinal nerves out of tiny spinal cords. It’s a
    mass SPINAL MANIPULATION crime against babies. More on this below.

    2. UCLA OBs are temporarily asphyxiating babies (immediate cord clamping)
    thereby robbing them of up to 50% of their blood volume – fraudulently
    suggesting that failure to rob babies of blood volume will generally result
    in neonatal hyperbilirubinemia…

    This isn’t just happening at UCLA Medical Center. It is happening at
    maternity hospitals throughout LA County and the rest of America.

    WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO *ASK* FOR THE “EXTRA” UP TO 30% OF ROOM FOR THEIR
    BABIES.

    WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO ASK FOR THE “EXTRA” UP TO 50% OF BLOOD VOLUME FOR
    THEIR BABIES

    MOST WOMEN DON’T *KNOW* TO ASK – AND UCLA MED STUDENTS ARE BEING *TAUGHT* TO
    ROB WOMEN AND THEIR BABIES…

    Three UCLA obstetricians/OBs (DeCherney, Nathan and Archie) say:

    “After delivery, blood will be infused from the placenta into the
    newborn…Delayed cord clamping can result in neonatal hyperbilirubinemia as
    additional blood is transferred to the newborn infant…[T]he cord…[is
    thus – TG]…doubly clamped…usually within 15-20 seconds of
    delivery…”^^^
    ^^^Archie CL and Biswas MK. In DeCherney AH, Nathan L (eds). Current
    Obstetric & Gynecologic Diagnosis & Treatment. NY: Lange Medical
    Books/McGraw-Hill. Ninth Edition. 2003:218

    As indicated above, immediate cord clamping temporarily asphyxiates babies
    and robs them of up to 50% of their blood volume. (My thanks to Canadian
    grandmother Donna Young for calling the immediate clamping child abuse to my
    attention. She is the person who introduced me to Medical Veritas
    Editor-in-Chief Gary S. Goldman, PhD, one of Supervisor Antonovich’s
    constituents, mentioned above.)

    Clamping “within” 15-20 seconds likely robs somewhat less than immediate
    cord clamping – but massive amounts of blood volume are still being robbed.

    Immediate cord clamping happens in EVERY CESAREAN DELIVERY, according to
    retired obstetrician George Malcolm Morley, MB ChB FACOG. See Dr. Morley’s
    astonishing quote below.

    DOES IMMEDIATE CORD CLAMPING OCCUR IN EVERY CESAREAN DELIVERY AT UCLA?

    Three UCLA obstetricians/OBs (DeCherney, Nathan and Ainbinder) do not appear
    to address timing of cord clamping in cesarean delivery, indicating only
    that immediate cord clamping is necessary if the placenta must be incised to
    get the baby out, to prevent blood loss (obviously true)…^^^
    ^^^Ainbinder SW. In DeCherney AH, Nathan L (eds). Current Obstetric &
    Gynecologic Diagnosis & Treatment. NY: Lange Medical Books/McGraw-Hill.
    Ninth Edition. 2003:522

    REGARDLESS WHETHER IMMEDIATE CLAMPING OCCURS IN EVERY CESAREAN DELIVERY AT
    UCLA…

    15-20 SECOND CLAMPING IS “USUALLY” DONE (see quote above) – AND THIS IS
    SUFFICIENT TO ROB MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF BLOOD FROM BABIES…

    ALSO, UCLA OBs ARE ROUTINELY CLOSING BIRTH CANALS UP TO 30% AND ROUTINELY
    KEEPING BIRTH CANALS CLOSED THE “EXTRA” UP TO 30%

    The graphics in the UCLA obstetrics text edited by DeCherney and Nathan show
    women semisitting or dorsal (on their sacra closing their birth canals up to
    30%) in both normal delivery – and when babies get stuck – with OBs pulling.

    Trained as a doctor of chiropractic to AVOID spinal manipulation whenever
    possible, it is very difficult for me to look at those graphics portraying
    OBs pulling with birth canals closed the “extra” up to 30%.

    As noted above, sometimes OBs pull so hard they rip spinal nerves out of
    tiny spinal cords.

    Some babies die – some babies get paralyzed – most “only” have their spines
    gruesomely wrenched.

    ALL spinal manipulation is gruesome with the birth canal closed up to 30%.

    There is also the matter of OBs routinely slicing vaginas and abdomens
    (episiotomy/c-section) – surgically/fraudulently inferring they are
    doing/have done everything possible to open birth canals – even as they
    close birth canals.

    UCLA obstetricians/OBs (DeCherney, Nathan and Ainbinder) write:

    “Despite contractions of good quality, arrest may occur…if cephalopelvic
    disproportion exists…in [which] case molding of the head may overcome
    minor degrees of disproportion…” [2003:500]

    UCLA obstetrician fraudulently focus on the CEPHALO (“baby’s head too big”)
    part of cephalopelvic disproportion – as they CAUSE cephalopelvic
    disproportion – by closing the pelvic outlet up to 30% – before – and DURING
    pulling.

    UCLA obstetricians may be basing their faulty biomechanics on the lying of
    University of Texas obstetrician-authors of Williams Obstetrics…

    THE FOUR OB LIES

    OB LIE #1. After MASSIVE change in the AP pelvic outlet diameter was
    clinically demonstrated in 1911 and radiographically demonstrated in 1957,
    the authors of Williams Obstetrics began erroneously claiming that pelvic
    diamaters DON’T CHANGE at delivery.

    OB LIE #2. After Ohlsen pointed out in 1973 that pelvic diameters DO
    change – the authors of Williams Obstetrics began erroneously claiming that
    their most frequent delivery position – dorsal – widens the outlet.

    OB LIE #3. After I pointed out in 1992 that dorsal CLOSES – and so does
    semisitting – the authors of Williams Obstetrics – put the correct
    biomechanics in their 1993 edition – but kept in their text (in the same
    paragraph!) – the dorsal widens bald lie that first called my attention to
    their text…

    OB LIE #4. OBs are actually KEEPING birth canals closed when babies get
    stuck – and claiming they are doing everything to allow the birth canal open
    maximally. (ACOG Shoulder Dystocia video – also forceps and vacuum births
    are performed with the mother in lithotomy.)

    See Make birth better: Dan Rather, before you leave CBS…
    http://health.groups.yahoo.com­/group/chiro-list/message/2983

    I noted some of the OB lies in an Open Letter to the FTC years ago…
    http://home1.gte.net/gastaldo/­part2ftc.html

    RELEVANT AMA PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL ETHICS….

    “[AMA physician[s] shall…strive to expose those physicians…who engage in
    fraud or deception.”

    “[AMA p]hysician[s] shall…seek changes in those requirements which are
    contrary to the best interests of the patient.”

    “[AMA p]hysician[s] shall…make relevant information available to patients,
    colleagues, and the public…”
    http://www.psych.org/psych_pra­ct/ethics/ethics_opinions53101­.cfm

    AMA physicians are failing to comply with their own stated ethics.

    WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO *ASK* FOR THE “EXTRA” UP TO 30% OF ROOM FOR THEIR
    BABIES.

    WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO ASK FOR THE “EXTRA” UP TO 50% OF BLOOD VOLUME FOR
    THEIR BABIES

    MOST WOMEN DON’T *KNOW* TO ASK – AND UCLA MED STUDENTS ARE BEING *TAUGHT* TO
    ROB WOMEN AND THEIR BABIES…

    TIME TO FACE IT; TIME TO CHANGE IT

    LA County Child Abuse Reporting experts say:

    “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed
    until it is faced.”
    –Los Angeles County – Department of Children & Family Services (Child Abuse
    Reporting)
    http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/Safety/main.htm

    UCLA obstetricians are teaching medical students to close birth canals up to
    30% and rob babies of up to 50% of their blood volume.

    It is time to face these and other bizarre UCLA obstetric practices – and
    change them.

    Thanks for reading everyone.

    Sincerely,

    Todd

    Dr. Gastaldo
    Born and raised in LA County
    Graduated UCLA (Biochem 1975)
    Graduated Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (DC, 1979)
    Living in Hillsboro, Oregon
    todd@chiromotion.com

    Copied to: Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers via hardy.myers@state.or.us

    Copied to: Disneyland DA Tony Rackauckas via tony.rackauckas@da.ocgov.com

    Copied to my old UCLA roomate, Bill Hodgman, now an LA County chief deputy
    DA, via lada@co.la.ca.us

    Here is that astonishing quote from Dr. Morley…

    According to George Malcolm Morley, MB ChB FACOG, immediate cord clamping
    creates “asphyxiated,
    hypovolemic” babies – perhaps causing some cases of AUTISM and CEREBRAL
    PALSY, as in,

    “ACOG’s routine treatment (B138) of these depressed neonates is immediate
    cord clamping to obtain cord blood pH studies. The child’s only functioning
    source of oxygen – the placenta – is amputated together with 30% to 50+% of
    its natural blood volume. Total asphyxia is imposed until the lungs
    function, and the depressed (asphyxiated, hypovolemic) child starts its
    extra-uterine life in hypovolemic shock… B138 was first published in 1993.
    Every cesarean section baby, every depressed child, every premie, and every
    child born with a neonatal team in
    the delivery room has its cord clamped immediately to facilitate the
    panicked rush to the resuscitation table. The current epidemic of immediate
    cord clamping coincides with an epidemic of autism…For the trial lawyers,
    it is essential that the ‘true genesis’ of cerebral
    palsy remains unknown, because that ‘true genesis’ (B.138) is a standard of
    medico-legal care…”
    http://www.cordclamping.com/ac­­og-cp.htm

    Copied to:

    Alan H. DeCherney, MD, UCLA adecherney@mednet.ucla.edu

    Carol L. Archie, MD, UCLA carchie@mednet.ucla.edu

    Steven W. Ainbinder, MD, UCLA sainbinder@mednet.ucla.edu

    ATTENTION UCLA obstetrics experts Alan, Carol and Steven: The bookstore at
    Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU, Oregon’s only medical school)
    told me that the 2005 edition of your book is due out in August.

    Please make the appropriate changes so that UCLA medical students are no
    longer trained to perfom mass child abuse.

    You can “scoop” the authors of Williams Obstetrics. Their 2005 edition
    still fraudulently states that dorsal widens.

    Again, thanks for reading everyone.

    Sincerely,

    Todd

    Dr. Gastaldo
    Born and raised in LA County
    Graduated UCLA (Biochem 1975)
    Graduated Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (DC, 1979)
    Living in Hillsboro, Oregon
    todd@chiromotion.com

    This post will be archived for global access in the Google usenet archive.
    Search http://groups.google.com for “OB Child Abuse at UCLA (Attn: Super.
    Michael Antonovich, 5th District)”

  2. Todd Gastaldo says:

    UCLA Police Officer Debbie Mills does not suspect a crime is being committed – even after I quoted UCLA obstetricians saying that clamping “within” 15 to 20 seconds is “usually” done – and noted that according to the medical literature such clamping denies babies of massive amounts of blood volume.

    UCLA Chief of Police Ross,

    I don’t believe that Officer Mills is looking real hard at the facts.

    I think babies are suffering as a consequence.

    Dr. Gastaldo
    todd@chiromotion.com

    Copied to a BLOG or two…and to the usenet of course.

    —– Original Message —–
    From: “Mills, Debbie”
    To: “Todd Gastaldo”
    Cc: “Garza, Manny” ; “Defrancesco, Robert” ; “Adams, John” ; “Ross, Karl”
    Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 2:33 PM
    Subject: RE: OB Child Abuse at UCLA: (Attn: Super. Michael Antonovich, 5th District)

    Dr. Gastaldo,
    As I mentioned to you on the telephone earlier this week, I am unable to
    investigate a crime without having a victim. If you know of any
    victims, please feel free to let me know.
    Officer Mills

    “Todd Gastaldo” wrote in message news:EdW2e.1302$EE2.25@newsread2.news.pas.earthlink.net…
    > UCLA Chief of Police Karl T. Ross replied, assuring me that UCLA Police
    > Officer Debbie Mills “will look into the facts” and respond by email…
    >
    > —– Original Message —–
    > From: “Ross, Karl”
    > To: “Todd Gastaldo”
    > Cc: “Mills, Debbie” ; “Garza, Manny”
    > ; “Defrancesco, Robert” ; “Adams,
    > John”
    > Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 7:33 AM
    > Subject: RE: OB Child Abuse at UCLA: (Attn: Super. Michael Antonovich, 5th
    > District)
    >
    >
    > Dr. Gastaldo,
    >
    > I’m note personally familiar with you allegations. If you sent an email
    > to Officer Mills I’m sure that she will look into the facts and respond.
    > I will make sure that she did investigate your allegations and that she
    > mentions this in her email.
    >
    > Karl T. Ross
    > Chief of Police
    >
    >
    > “Todd Gastaldo” wrote in message
    > news:4JJ2e.8033$H06.3653@newsread3.news.pas.earthlink.net…
    >> UCLA Chief of Police Karl T. Ross (kross@ucpd.ucla.edu):
    >>
    >> I reported two massive obstetric crimes to UCLA Police Officer DL Mills
    >> (dlmills@ucpd.ucla.edu):
    >>
    >> 1. UCLA obstetricians are closing birth canals up to 30% and keeping birth
    >> canals closed the “extra” up to 30% when babies get stuck (see the Four OB
    >> Lies below).
    >>
    >> 2. UCLA obstetricians are also temporarily asphyxiating babies and robbing
    >> them of up to 50% of their blood volume.
    >>
    >> I note from your website that,
    >>
    >> “All crimes reported to the [UCLA] Police Department are thoroughly
    >> investigated and are referred for prosecution through the county District
    >> Attorney’s Office when appropriate.”
    >> http://www.ucpd.ucla.edu/ucpd/about_mission.html
    >>
    >> Did Officer Mills thoroughly investigate?
    >>
    >> She did not acknowledge receipt of my email yet.
    >>
    >> Dr. Gastaldo
    >> todd@chiromotion.com
    >>
    >> PS I want no one prosecuted. I am in favor of pardons in advance for MDs.
    >> As medical students, MDs are TRAINED to perform sometimes fatal child
    >> abuse.
    >>
    >> Women should not have to ASK for the “extra” up to 30% of room for their
    >> babies; nor should they have to ask for the “extra” up 50% of blood volume
    >> for their babies.
    >>
    >> Most women don’t even know to ask.
    >>
    >>
    >>

  3. gastaldoluvr says:

    ooowheeeee!

    the wacko ruins everything he touches. he’s gastaldo. and he’s been sued before.

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