Finding a Voice Again

I am finding a voice – I don’t completely recognize it as my own, but perhaps I need to live with this voice a bit before it resonates authentically within me.  I shall sing again.

Thanks to Google Alerts I happened upon this homebirth post.  I made a comment which I am cross-posting here.  I am not posting it here because it sheds a new light on a circular issue but because I wrote it.  Me.  When I have had so little to say about childbirth since the loss of my 10 week pregnancy back in February.

So why then is there so much animosity against those who choose to homebirth. Why are they persecuted for their freedom of choice? I’m sure we all have our suspicions.

I think those people who are so vocal against homebirth are pretty clear about their reasons. The fear of poor outcomes for the BABY. It seems that the baby is worth more than the mother. Homebirth is a “selfish” choice, evidently, that only makes the mother feel good about herself. Homebirth is a “disaster” just begging to happen. @@

It is true that when a mother makes decisions with regard to HOW the baby will be birthed, the innocent baby is not in on the decision-making process. The “rights” of the baby only matter, so it seems, when there is a poor outcome (for the baby) outside of the hospital setting.

OBs are not used to seeing normal (as in natural) birth. They are not trained to assist natural birth. They are trained to intervene. They are trained for surgery. They are trained for catastrophe. They are trained to medically-manage outcomes not facilitate a physiologic time-proven natural process.

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2 responses to “Finding a Voice Again

  1. I think Obs are not trained to see normal because they are medics and surgeons and their speciality is in complications of birth. A midwife is the specialist in normal birth. You are right about the outcome outside a hospital setting as inside the outcome is often poor and nobody ever questions it.

  2. I agree with the above comment.

    If you look at countries with the best birthing outcomes for mother & child, the countries that have a majority of their care done by midwives and only complicated pregnancies handled by doctors are leading the way.

    It’s just so sad that it has become such a medicalized event now, but women have to lead the change. The undermining of gut instinct, the perpetuated myths and the control that society (led by doctors and people who don’t want to know any better because it doesn’t fit in with what they did) has taken is scary.

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