Indians in the Times today!: Tuba City hospital a "model" for births

In Hopi, IHS, Navajo, new york times, tuba city by Adrienne K.5 Comments

(image via nytimes.com)
Nice article today in the NY Times about the Tuba City health center and its policies and practices surrounding birth, specifically focusing on their high rate of natural births after c-sections. 
I’m drawing attention to the article for a few reasons, primarily  because the article presents Native communities in a positive light, showcasing the strengths of the community and culture, and not seeing them as detriments to the “western” ways of birth. It’s nice to see some positive words about Indians in a national news outlet. 
But, the article does paint Indian Health Services (IHS) like it’s awesome and the best system ever–and I know many, many people who would argue otherwise. IHS is definitely not known for its quality care. 
The article can be found here, and includes some cute pictures of Indian babies too. :)
 (like this one. aww)
Happy Sunday!
NY Times–Lessons at Indian Hospital about births: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/health/07birth.html?pagewanted=1&em
  • Awesome! Thanks for this posting. I use to live in Tuba City as a child and my sister was born in said hospital. They probably wouldn’t have received this review back then, however it’s nice to see it now.
    Ahe’hee (Thank You)

  • That last posting is actually from me. I posted it from my new phone but I have no idea who “why give a crap” is…so weird! Anyway, I had to jump on my laptop to comment on this and repost the last comment but from “me”.

  • Awesome! Thanks for this posting. I use to live in Tuba City as a child and my sister was born in said hospital. They probably wouldn’t have received this review back then, however it’s nice to see it now.
    Ahe’hee (Thank You)

  • Miigwech! I shared the NY Times story on facebook! :)

  • I just stumbled across your blog post – I’m the photographer – and I’m about six months late to this party… I brought the story to the paper because I was also interested in the way that the midwives recognized traditional ways of giving birth as strengths, and that the hospital is providing better care than better-funded, Western hospitals. I agree, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that IHS is great, but I do think the maternity staff in Tuba does good work.

    Thank you for posting it! I put a few other photos here: http://aliceproujansky.com/blog/

    -Alice