Future Posts

I was talking to my dad the other day and he mentioned that I had a passion for homebirth, which got me to thinking. Yes, I had a homebirth and yes, it was a wonderful experience – I hope that every woman can experience in their own way what I did. But it’s not homebirth in and of itself that I’m so passionate about. I’m passionate about the way women and babies are treated, no matter where they are – home, hospital, birthing center. I want birth to be a good experience, the experience it should be, for every mother and baby. Nature works. Our bodies and the birthing process are set up a certain way for a reason and I don’t think we can fully comprehend how important each step of the process really is. Although, we do understand why some things are important and why others harm more than help when they aren’t really necessary.

I feel like it’s all been written about before, but there are some specific interventions and procedures that I would like to talk about in more detail in future posts.

Pitocin use
Inductions
Internal exams
Manual extraction of the placenta
Misuse of suprapubic pressure
Lying on back vs. changing positions
Purple pushing
Episiotomies
IV & no food/drink
Electric Fetal Monitoring (EFM)
Cutting cord immediately
Taking baby away from mother vs. skin-to-skin contact

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2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Even if it’s been written about before, we all have different audiences. The more women who write about this stuff, the more women we’ll reach.
    We’ll look forward to reading your thoughts 🙂
    ~Heather & Amy

  2. 2

    erinmidwife said,

    yes, we have to keep talking publicly about these issues. the model of care available to women who need or choose to birth in the hospital is appalling — we need to demand better for ourselves and our babies. women need to know that autonomy in birth is a basic human right, not a privilege. sadly, most women who are planning or hoping for a “natural” birth, or at least a minimally interventive hospital birth have no idea what they are signing up for.


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