Have you seen it, the documentary The Business of Being Born? What an eye opener. I would recommend it to anyone, even those who don’t foresee children in the near future.
I want to be upfront about that for this topic. I do not think that you’re a bad mother if you had your kids in the hospital. I do not think you’re a wussy for getting an epidural. I do however believe that it is our own responsibility to be educated and informed. We cannot simply rely on the media or our society’s opinion as a whole to make wise, healthful decisions for us. Too many times we have been let down by those who “know better” and just because “everyone is doing it” does not mean it is right, the everyone here being our society as a whole. I believe that we always have a choice, in everything. I want to share what I know in hopes we can make this world better.
First, I want to mention that I do not have children therefore I have never given birth. Also, it may be important to know that I have always considered a home birth when the time comes, I know most people don’t even think about it. So, this film told the history of medical practices and birthing. Many facts and statistics were given that were literally gut-wrenching.
Why would I go through the pain of child labor when technology allows me to do it pain-free? Reasonable question. You mean, some woman comes into my house with a bag of towels and oils and she delivers my baby? No, not really. Although our society did a great job smearing midwives in the past. What if something goes wrong and my baby needs medical attention only a hospital can provide? Rushing to the hospital at the last minute for any reason is okay, women who plan a hospital birth from the beginning do it too.
Why I am hoping to have home births?
1.My baby comes on my terms (and his/hers), no inducing, no rushing.
2. Women did it for million of years, and I can too.
3. Hospitals are not a calm, relaxing place to me.
4. No drugs in my body or the baby’s.
5. Midwives and doulas are professionals. Most are mothers who can empathize with you.
The US vs. other developed nations
Have you ever thought about why women are laid on their back with their legs in the air to give birth? It doesn’t make much sense if you really think about it. The baby is coming down and out, it is much easier to give birth in a squatting position where the mother is able to use all of her abdominal muscles to push, and to take advantage of this thing called gravity. But wait, giving birth upright is easier for whom? Well the mother of course. That is what is most important right? Well, think about how uncomfortable a doctor would be sitting or squatting on the floor. A woman can’t give birth in a squatting position if she’s had an epidural though right?
Pump the mother full of pitocin which is a synthetic version of oxytocin to quicken the time of labor, thus increasing frequency and intensity of contractions. As a result, most women then request an epidural to help with the pain. However, an epidural can slow down the labor process, thus requiring an increase in pitocin. An epidural essentially paralyzes you from the waist down, no more walking around. Lie down, breath deep, it will all be over soon, push, push. I’m sorry, but my head hurts just thinking about all that.
Our society has also done a fantastic job scaring the living crap out of expectant mothers. Well yeah it’s going to hurt. I mean when was the last time you pushed something as big as a watermelon out of your vagina! I’m sure there are few women who would say that is actually feels good. I believe that’s part of it. Life is hard. Times are tough. You will cry. You will hurt. You might lose everything you have. You might break your leg. [All of these things pertaining to life, not necessarily birth.] Aren’t our experiences what makes us who we are? If life was all rainbows and ice cream how empty we would be.
The rate of c-sections in this country has skyrocketed in the past 30 years. Why? Well, most doctors are great surgeons, do a little cut, pull the baby out, stitch stitch. That was easy. Many doctors fear lawsuits for various reasons in vaginal births. Also, did you know that more c-sections are done at 4 and 10 pm than any other time. ??? ….still don’t know. Dinner time for most people is around 5 or 6 and who wants to be up after midnight?
Many of the medical practices used during child labor were later linked with specific birth defects. There are theories and studies that show a link between petocin and autism in children. The drugs and practices that were and are currently used in a medical setting throughout our history have not been tested enough to know of possible side effects.
Why should you see this film? You may want to learn more about home births for your future pregnancies. You may be well past your days of baby growing, but I will bet you have contact with a woman who is not. Learn something new, form opinions, and educate and enlighten not only yourself but those around you. That is the only way we can make things right, share your knowledge. Make a different. Help someone else. Be the change you wish to see.
There is so much more information in this film than I provided. Go to Netflix, sign up for a month free of instant streaming, watch this film along with all the other documentaries I want you to see. 🙂 Forks over Knives, Food, Inc., Supersize Me, Walmart: The high cost of low prices.
Ladies and ‘gents (I don’t think we have any ‘gents) the floor is now open for questions (or opinions, support, criticisms, etc).