I haven’t said too much about the whole Sarah Palin thing, because everybody else is saying it for me in all sorts of ways.
However, I haven’t heard too much discussion of this. I am not surprised, because insinuations that Sarah Palin’s fifth child might not actually be hers are both A) tawdry and B) not relevant to her doing the job of Vice-President anyhow, so it makes total sense to me that most people who think she’s a bad pick aren’t talking about it – it’s so National Enquirer, you know?
But this comment over at Obsidian Wings more or less reflects my feelings about the situation:
Speaking as someone who has borne 2 children and has some experience with labor, midwives, obstetricians, etc., Palin’s story *is not believable*. I have no idea what really happened, but the story she tells — her water broke in Texas, she flew back to Alaska so the baby would be born there (at least 8 hours), she was back to work in 3 days — is flatly incredible.
This story *cannot* be true.
a) Commercial airlines will not transport a woman who is more than 8 months pregnant.
b) Unless there are complications, labor is shorter after baby #1. The first time you can generally daudle getting to the hospital; when the baby is born en route it’s pretty much always the second or later. To start an 8-hour trip after labor has begun with your fifth child is *insane*, because you *will* have that kid on the way unless something goes radically wrong.
c) no responsible obstetrician or mother-to-be would let her be out of touch with a hospital late in a pregnancy with a high-risk child. Knowing ahead of time the baby had Down’s, it would be whacky-irresponsible not to be within half an hour of a hospital with a neonatal ICU at all times for the final month.
d) to summarize (before I go cut up tomatoes): if Palin’s story is true, she could only have gotten on that plane Against Medical Advice given in the *strongest* terms. Or else she concealed her condition from her medical team, in a grossly risky way.
Palin’s story of her fifth pregnancy, as written, is just weird, and almost certainly not true. Is her behaviour here worthy of investigation? If it turns out she’s lying, is that something that should be considered a negative?
I’m genuinely asking here. My inclination is that it doesn’t matter, but… man, it’s weird.