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Prevention for women veterans (babies too)

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Old October 11th 04, 07:47 AM
Todd Gastaldo
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"Women Veterans Program Managers...welcome your ideas and value your
opinions, call...or send...e-mail."

OPEN LETTER (archived for global access; see below)

Kathleen Lyons, RN
Women Veterans Program
Togus VAMC
1 VA Center
Togus, ME 04330
Phone: (207) 623-8411, ext. 4017
Fax: (207) 621-4895


OBs are knowingly closing birth canals up to 30% and performing episiotomies
and c-sections fraudulently/surgically inferring they are doing/have done
everything possible to open birth canals.

Many unnecessary surgeries are being performed and babies are being harmed.

I am hoping that Women Veteran Program Managers (in Veterans Integrated
Services Networks everywhere; not just in VISN One) will start educating all
women veterans that: 1) OBs are knowingly closing birth canals up to 30%;
and 2) that it is easy for women to allow their birth canals to open the
"extra" up to 30%.

All women have to do is roll onto their side as they push their babies out.
Women should be warned though that some OBs let women "try" alternative
birth positions but move them back to semisitting or dorsal (close their
birth canals up to 30%) for the actual delivery.

I mention this simple PREVENTIVE measure because the Togus VAMC "emphasizes
primary, specialty, and PREVENTIVE care..."
http://www.visn1.med.va.gov/togus/ (emphasis added)

....and because Women Veterans Program Managers "advocate for equal access to
primary and PREVENTIVE health care for women..."
http://www.visn1.med.va.gov/womenvet/ (emphasis added)

I note that the Women Veterans Program actually includes Maternity Care at
some VISN sites...

Please make sure that women veterans using maternity care at these VISN
sites are made aware that OBs are not only closing birth canals they are
KEEPING birth canals closed - both when shoulders get stuck (in shoulder
dystocia) and when they use forceps and vacuum extractors.

Please inform them also that OBs close birth canals as uteri push and keep
birth canals closed as they (OBs) chemically whip uteri to push violently -
with oxytocin and Cytotec.

Yes, most babies do "OK" - but an estimated 4.6% of "healthy" term babies
are suffering unexplained brain bleeds.

Some babies die, some get paralyzed - most "only" have their spines
gruesomely wrenched.

ALL spinal manipulation is gruesome with the birth canal closed - and to a
baby with trapped shoulders - the birth canal is indeed closed.

It's a rather massive (sometimes fatal) spinal manipulation felony.

Medical doctors agree with "my" biomechanics; but they understandably don't
want to speak up and call for an immediate end to the obvious obstetric

See Obstetric roof on fire! (The problem and Dr. Sarah...)

Please urge all the VISNs to immediately begin offering women this simple
PREVENTIVE health care.




Dr. Gastaldo

PS Tim Dennis, DC, CCRD, who I believe is the first chiropractic physician
to serve in the VA system was recently selected to begin treating patients
at Togus.

Tim knows that an important lesson learned in chiropractic college is when
NOT to manipulate the spine.

With OBs closing birth canals up to 30% and sometimes pulling so hard they
rip spinal nerves out of tiny spinal cords...

Tim will no doubt want to help there at Togus VAMC in the educational effort
to stop OBs from closing birth canals and gruesomely manipulating most
babies' spines.

Will you forward this email to Tim - via email or surface mail?

Thanks in advance.

I'm hoping VISN 1 will take the lead in passing the word to all women
veterans and VA maternity centers. Actually, this information should be
passed to ALL veterans. Many no doubt have daughters or daughters-in-law
who are pregnant.

Copied to:

Bedford VAMC
Coordinator: Kenda Kiely, LICSW

VA Boston Healthcare System
Jamaica Plain Campus
150 S. Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
Coordinator: Patricia Robinson, LICSW

VA Boston Healthcare System
Brockton Campus
Coordinator: Diane Harness-DiGloria, RNP

Manchester VAMC
718 Smyth Road
Manchester, NH 03104
Coordinator: Diana True

Northampton VAMC
421 North Main Street
Leeds, MA 01053
Coordinator: Mary Dillon Sikoski, RN, MEd.

Providence VAMC
830 Chalkstone Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Coordinator: Barbara Soncrant, RN

VA Connecticut
West Haven Campus
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Coordinator: Jane Sarja, NP

White River Junction VAMC & ROC
215 North Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05009
Coordinator: Bobbie Surott Kimberly, MSW, CTRS


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