Water Birth International founder Barbara Harper is no stranger to the on-again, off-again harassment by the FDA, in fact she went a couple rounds back with them in 2000, but now it is being taken to another level.
Currently the FDA has seized all the imported portable birth tubs, and are threatening to destroy them. Meaning? Women who have a desire to rent a safe, and sterile birth tub for a home birth, or water birth in another facility will not have this option.
On her facebook page Barbara Harper shared:
The FDA has seized all the portable birth pools that are currently imported and are threatening to destroy them. They claim they are unregistered medical equipment, but they are not providing a way or means to get them registered. In other words, if the medical authorities can’t stop waterbirth, then just have the FDA take away the birth pools.
In other words, now that the medical community is watching the number of births out of hospitals rise, like the recent reported 20% increase in recent years… they have to find some kind of way to slow or at least put a halt to this rise. Because if it was really an issue, they would certainly offer some kind of middle ground for registering these devices right?
The fact of the matter is… if women want to birth in water, at home or not in the hospital, they are going to find a way. Will the FDA step in and seize all the kiddie pools on the market? What about your family bath tub? Large jacuzzi size tubs?
Certainly a frivolous battle if you ask me!
Maybe they should start focusing on the serious issues facing the FDA, and not a witch hunt on less than 3,000 families annually?