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Fetal Pain & Pleasure

Acknowledgements: The image above comes from the American College of Pediatricians Position Statement post on Fetal Pain published here. Board Members were asked to review a recent post by Pregnancy Help News here which referenced that official position statement.

The decision to terminate pregnancy has, of late, has been focused on whether an unborn child feels pain as it is killed in the womb. Understandably, many pro-abortion opinions would like to salve their conscience with the belief that the unborn child experiences nothing. The abortionist’s ultrasounds that have made it out of their “procedure” room demonstrate an unborn child trying to move away and escape his killing instruments, contrary to those arguments.

Is fetal pain real? The definition of the term nociception means the perception of pain. Here is my response to the other board members on the Pregnancy Help News article.

Tuesday, Mar 2, 10:44 AM

To: ACPeds Board Members

I too agree this was a very good article. I have had some thoughts about this for a while that might be food for thought.

It is interesting how even C. S. Lewis explored animal pain as opposed to human pain. He associated the conscious perception of pain along a stream of time. He thought humans were capable of “conscious experience” and other animals were not. Pain seems to hinge on what exactly is consciousness. To this day, no one has the answer, but I think it is clear that whatever it is, consciousness has a view of all past and currently streaming experience.

If my pet has a painful experience, are any reactions to avoid a repeat the result of a conscious stream of experience? Or do they have a simple Pavlovian response? Awareness of, and dependence upon, patterns of past experience suggest habitual reactions depend on a consciousness peering down on a stream of experience. To be clear, I respectfully disagree with Lewis’s thinking that non-human animals don’t experience pain.

Pain, however, is not a thing by itself, but the negative end of a spectrum ranging from pain to pleasure. The argument that a human fetus experiences pain needs also to say something about fetal pleasure. Why do we find unborn children sucking their thumbs, for example? Why do they have periods of rest and then periods of kicking and twirling about in utero, which we also see in children laughing and playing and rolling about on a playground?

It is my belief that evidence of both pain and pleasure is experienced as soon as the physical neural pathways are established. This necessarily means that a child’s consciousness is already present before the pathways are up and working. Science cannot tell us when consciousness comes about. It will never be able to that.

The whole issue of pain really comes down to whether one thinks a child is a person. If a child reacts to pain and exhibits pleasure in utero just as they do after birth, then the answer must be that they are indeed persons with conscious experience. The pro-abortion, social line, though they won’t admit it, is really not about whether an unborn child is a person, but when can we justify killing them so that they don’t feel it and we don’t see it.

Warmest regards,

Ron Smith, MD
Storybook Pediatrics

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Dr. Jaime on 2020 Fri, 05 Feb 2021 23:34:21 +0000

Dr. Jaime on 2020

2020 was a year of change for everyone around the world. For us, at Storybook Pediatrics, it brought both planned and unplanned changes. In January, our founding physician, Dr. Ron Smith retired from general pediatrics. Fortunately, he established this practice on sound Biblical principles leaving us prepared to continue his legacy going forward.

Then, as we are all well aware, March brought the COVID-19 pandemic to our midst. Within 48 hours, we totally redesigned our business plan, our office flow, and our scheduling procedures in order to protect patients, parents, and staff. This has been an ever-changing exercise in flexibility and patience in order to meet the dynamic and often contradictory public health mandates.

Insurance companies have also executed changes in contractual agreements, requiring increasing amounts of paper work and documentation in order for them to exact coverage for visits. Moving into 2021, they have even removed our capability to schedule nurse-only visits.

It has certainly been a “unprecedented time” ( to coin a vogue term for the year) in more ways than one for us here at Storybook.

However, throughout it all we continue to strive to serve our patients and their families to the best of our abilities with the resources that we have.

Below, is our hope and prayer for what you feel about Storybook, our staff and our providers as we move into 2021.

Thank you for partnering with us to grow your children into strong, healthy, independent adults ready to take on the world:

Storybook is my child’s medical home. It is a place filled with loving people from the second I walk in the door to the second I walk out and thereafter.

It is a place where I partner with my provider to come up with the best preventive care and treatment plans for my child. It is a place where I am heard, where my provider truly wants to work with me and understand my goals for my child’s health. At the same time, it is a place where the providers and staff aren’t afraid to have hard conversations. It is a place where they explain, based on their understanding of the most up to date medical literature, why they feel an intervention is best for my child, even if I don’t necessarily want to hear it. They then take the time and effort to work through my reservations with me and together we find middle ground.

It is a place where they empower me to take care of my child’s health. They explain the approach they are taking and why they are taking it. They discuss the broad complexities of pediatric care in a way I understand and can apply to future situations in my child’s life. In this manner, I will know what to do the next time my child is ill or uncomfortable. I will know what to do because my provider has taken the time to educate me about when to be concerned and how to take care of mild illnesses at home.

It is a place where they put my child’s health in front of convenience. Even simple illnesses or problems can have long term implications if they are not treated properly and education is not extensively given in order to empower me in knowing how to control long term or
chronic symptoms at home. Thus, Storybook is a place where my provider wants to see me and my child, talk to me and answer my questions, not just write me a prescription.

Storybook is a place where providers are continually educating themselves. They keep up with the most up to date literature to the best of their ability. Because it is my child’s medical home, my providers do their best to keep me “at home,” meaning they do research and work through illnesses in a step-wise fashion with me to come to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. I understand that this may sometimes mean that I may need to come in for followup visits with my child and that sometimes my provider may have to do research after I leave the office and follow up with me later. But I also understand that they do
their very best to keep me from making time- consuming and expensive trips to a specialist, unless they are out of options or have reached a point that a procedure needs to be done or I request that second opinion.

My providers communicate with each other, both verbally and in my child’s chart. In this way, everyone in the office can follow through on a set plan and I can be assured that they have put their proverbial heads together to treat my child.

In short, Storybook is a place where I know my child is receiving medical care that goes “above and beyond,” that my providers aren’t content to be mediocre practitioners, but strive to be the best in their field. And above all else, it is a place where I, and my child, are seen as the individuals we are. We are loved and cared for and known. It is a place I would refer my family and friends and a place that I am happy to call my child’s medical home.

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