Be Informed of Your Options in Pregnancy and Birth
|May 11, 2012||Posted by carmen under Natural Pregnancy and Birth|
Consumer Reports did a great job of educating in this article that came out this week: What to reject when you’re expecting: 10 procedures to think twice about during your pregnancy.
If you are currently pregnant or plan to have babies in the future, this article is a must read. Many people don’t know that the United States ranks terribly low in comparison to other industrialized countries when it comes to the health and well being of mom and baby during childbirth. It seems crazy since we who live here believe that we have the best of everything.
Unfortunately, having great medical technology has shown to be very detrimental when it comes to normal childbirth. Overuse of medical interventions has proven time and time again to transform a normal, low-risk birth into an emergency situation. Have you heard the phrase “cascade of interventions”? This refers to the commonplace scenario where one seemingly innocent, but unnecessary, intervention is used which leads to another, which leads to another, etc. until what began as a simple uncomplicated birth turns into a highly medicalized production.
We seem to have forgotten in our culture that our bodies were actually designed to grow and birth babies and to nourish them. The very anatomy of a woman’s body is created for this purpose. Multitudes of women these days are led to believe that their bodies are “defective” because they “can’t” give birth the way women have been giving birth since the beginning of time. This is FALSE. It is a LIE. If you are one who believes that, please please read this article. It might be exactly what you need to start to rebuild.
So many women are carrying scars from their birth experiences. Some physical scars, yes, but mostly what I’m talking about are the emotional scars. The stories I’ve heard from women I have worked with have been heartbreaking. Stories of confidence torn away, of indignities suffered, of being made to feel helpless and out of control. This is childbirth! Bringing forth new life! Meeting your baby for the very first time! These are supposed to be the most empowering, amazing, wonderful, blessed, triumphant moments in life! But in the medical model of childbirth, most women do not get to experience the positive transformation that comes with giving birth. Instead, they are left feeling defeated, “worked on” and disempowered.
Something needs to change. Women deserve better. Babies deserve better. Society deserves better. Fortunately change has begun, slowly but surely. More and more people are getting educated about their options in pregnancy and birth. More people are realizing the out of whack thinking that we’ve been influence by for so long. In so many areas (health, food, birth, physical fitness) we’re finding that life just works better when it’s done the way it was created to be done. Now, thanks to Consumer Reports, many more people are going to be able to see what is going on and make choices based on what’s best for mom and baby and not what’s best for hospitals and doctors. I pray that this information will help many.