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On today's show: A recently passed law opens up state university campuses to mineral extraction; A Local Farm Up Against the Fracking Industry Receives Widespread Support; coverage of a film screening and panel discussion on birthing freedom as a human right, and more in our local and global headlines.
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The Corbett administration says shale gas drilling on public university campuses is a potential source of funds for the schools. We spoke with Kathryn Hilton, Campus Coordinator with the Sierra Student Coalition, who broke down the reality of the finances:
If a college wants to take a cautious approach, and do an environmental impact study, baseline water testing, or anything else to gather information before making the decision to lease – they have to pay for it.
That was Kathryn Hilton, campus coordinator for the Sierra Student Coalition, speaking about Pennsylvania senate bill 367. This story was produced by Jessica McPherson.
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You are listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's bi-weekly review of news overlooked by the corporate media. We turn now to other independent news from beyond Western Pennsylvania.
Here is Pennsylvania journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on the recent presidential election
The next clip is from the most recent Black Agenda Report about the UN's overwhelming opposition to the US' embargo against Cuba
You're listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's bi-weekly review of news from the grassroots.
On October 10th, the Pittsburgh-based Midwife Center held a screening of the film Freedom for Birth. Freedom For Birth is a "film that re-frames Human Rights as the most pressing issue in childbirth today". The film, which was made by the organization One World Birth, calls for "radical reform to the world’s maternity systems [so no longer do] those [who] persist in their desire to have a normal, physiological birth are sometimes forced by judges to surrender to surgery or threatened with having their babies taken away by child welfare services". This was told within the context of the story of a Hungarian midwife, Agnes Gereb, who is currently imprisoned for the death of a newborn at a homebirth she attended. Prior to this, Gereb attended the births of 3,500 babies at homes.
After the film showing, which took place at Pittsburgh Filmmaker’s Melwood Screening Room, there was a panel discussion of local birth workers to answer audience questions.
The first question, that was posed by the moderator, Alicia Schisler of WQED, was what do you think are the major challenges to improving infant and maternal outcomes in our region?
First, Dr. Janice Anderson, who is the Medical Director at The Midwife Center as well as faculty at Forbes Medicine Residency Program and Metro Family Practice with 25 years experience attending births and specializes in PTSD for those who have been traumatized from giving birth
Ann McCarthy, a midwife and Clinical Director at The Midwife Center, on the same question about what are the major challenges to improving care:
Now Tina London, a Midwife at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital and former Planned Parenthood employee, with a response to that first question:
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And Dr. Jeannette South-Paul, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, who also works at the Mathilda Theiss Clinic in the Oakhill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and Mycoroo – a mentoring and development program for teen mothers, with her response to the question of what are major challenges to improving infant and maternal outcomes in our region:
Then there was a question from an audience member who asked what the OB/GYN community is doing about PTSD. First, Dr. Anderson on why it has increased then her feelings on the systemic causes. Next we hear from London and Dr. South-Paul.
Afterwards, an audience member shared she thinks that it’s not so much that PTSD has gone up, but that the awareness and acceptance of PTSD has increased.
Another audience member asked about infant and maternal mortality rates. According to the CIA world fact book, in a 2012 estimate, the US ranks at 173 out of 223 in terms of infant mortality, with 6 deaths occurring out of every 1,000 live births. Birth workers claim this is shameful and midwife leaders, such as Ina (pronounce: eye – na) May Gaskin, have made it their mission to decrease this number as well as the maternal mortality rate. In 2010, Amnesty International released a report entitled “Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Healthcare Crisis in the USA,” and found that rates have worsened. The US now ranks at the 41st highest, from 50th, for maternal deaths with 12.7 deaths on average per 100,000 live births. This number changes depending on who you are. If an American Indian or Alaskan Native, the number is 4 times higher, if an African American, it is 8 times higher, if in lower income areas, the maternal mortality rate is twice as high. The C-Section rate rose for the 13th consecutive year to 32.9%, more than double the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 5-15%. This is important in terms of death rates in that states who report C-sections at more that 33%, have a 21% higher risk of maternal mortality.
You can learn more about The Midwife Center at midwifecenter dot org and more about the film at freedomforbirth dot com.
That story was produced and recorded by Lizzie Anderson
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