I had two natural hospital births. The first was empowering, a group of women cheering me on while I pushed. For the second, in the 10 whole minutes I was pushing, I was instructed to stop so they could get a read on his heart and prep the room. I can only imagine what fun we would have had if I’d been there longer.
For both, I thought I could run a marathon afterward, if I didn’t have to breastfeed immediately! I was strong and able.
But I’m one of the lucky ones. I was given a good birth legacy, a “Your body is capable. It can do this!” (Thanks, Mom.) Many are not so lucky. They are told that labor and delivery will be scary, painful, unmanageable without medications.
I think for most people birth is a nightmare
It hasn’t been what a baby would want.
In our births, is it only about us? When are we going to start asking, “What does baby want?”
A new documentary, narrated by Noah Wyle (ironically enough), seeks to explore this issue. Admittedly, I have only seen the trailer and read what is available on their Web site. Already, I’m trying to finagle a screening through a local birth group.
Isn’t how we come into this world important? The movie, which has sparked debate, explores natural birth as best for baby, not just mama. For some, perhaps those who needed medical interventions to give birth, it may cut too close.
But let’s look at it this way: Who do we want to say, “Welcome to this world!”: A present and empowered mama, or a team of doctors and staff and a bunch of machines and tests?
Certainly, medical interventions are sometimes needed. Pitocin, fetal heart monitoring, C-sections: these have helped in some cases.
I am a natural birthing advocate not because I want to guilt parents, mamas especially. Babies I love are here because of medical technology. I simply believe in the capability of women’s bodies to give birth.
Should medical interventions be the standard in childbirth, or the exception?
Of the most common procedures done in a hospital, the top 6 come out of maternity care.
Is that the kind of care we want on the day our children enter the world?
The infant mortality rate in the U.S. is higher than any other industrialized nation.
Let’s not pat ourselves on the back until we get it right, hmm?
Natural birth is something our bodies know, deep within. While we are relearning everything else, let’s take a step back and start with peaceful birth.