Archive for October, 2009

Why Jordan is intact

October 23, 2009

This might be more explanation than you were looking for…We had our first circ’ed because I didn’t know any better and basically left it up to my husband and figured “everyone does it, there’s no reason not to”.  He’s done and wanted his son(s) to be like him.  I also believed all those assumptions that it’s more hygienic and healthier.  At our hospital, the OB does it, not a pediatrician.  We did ask that he was numbed and my doc said she won’t do it otherwise, she doesn’t believe they can’t feel it.  From the beginning we had trouble.  She didn’t take off enough skin which has led to adhesions and constant redness and puffiness.  Most of the adhesions have let go and I’m told that the others may or may not.  If not, I will have to decide if we want them cut or left and if they are left, they could cause him pain later on then have to be cut, or they could aid him in regrowing his foreskin if he wanted to (yes, I guess this is possible!).

It wasn’t until I met other moms who don’t circ and I got pregnant again that I really looked in to it and found that there is no reason to circ and that there is no medical association on earth that recommends it!  Some insurance companies won’t even pay for it because it’s considered cosmetic.  I wish I had known that.  I also didn’t know that 1/3 of sexual pleasure is stolen with that skin:(  I now agree with most non-circ activists and consider it genital mutilation.  It doesn’t matter that it’s common, it’s no different than cutting a clitoris off just because it’s common in a tribe.  If there is no reason to do it, and we force it on babies, it’s’ mutilation.  If my second son decides he doesn’t like his non-circ’ed penis later on, he can always have it done, but it takes a lot of time and effort to regrow the foreskin (I will be getting all the info I can in case my first son wants to rectify our mistake).  People claim that it’s “cleaner” or “more hygienic” and that they do it “just in case”.  That’s like taking out every baby’s appendix at birth just so it doesn’t have to be done later in case they get appendicitis.

My husband didn’t agree, but when I asked him a few months ago said that he wasn’t mad that I wouldn’t let it be done again.  But no matter who wants it and who doesn’t, in the end both parents have to sign off on it and if the anti-circ parent cares enough, s/he can just refuse the surgery.  That is what it came down to with my husband.  In the end, I told him that I was the one going through pregnancy and labor and birth and if it was a boy (we didn’t find out either time) he would be perfect the way he came out.  I apologized to him for not being able to come to an agreement, but it was going to be my choice.  I did want to make him watch a video on circ but my friend who owns it was out of town and I went in to labor before I could get it.  I asked him later if it bothered him and he said it didn’t.  I think after you see your perfect baby and change diapers for a week, you forget that it looks different than some penises., and have some of the best information.  Or go to YouTube and search for Penn & Teller’s “BullShit” episode on Circumcision.  It’s go so much great information!

One last thought…I have come to look at it this way:  It’s not needed.  So, let’s compare it to a nose job.  You had a nose job and now you want your baby girl to look like you, so you have her nose altered to match yours at birth.  Uneeded?  Yup.  Crazy?  Sure.  Why is circumcision any different?  It’s an uneeded, painful surgery that we do because dad had it done.  I feel so much regret every time I change my son’s diaper and I wish just one person had told me that I shouldn’t do it and given me the facts…At least I saved my second son from it:)


Born in the USA

October 14, 2009

I read this wonderful book a couple years ago.  I think it should be mandatory reading for women and doctors (especially if you are contemplating kids in the near future).

Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First

by Marsden Wagner

This book is written by an obstetrician who has been in practice as well as research.  He worked for the WHO in London and still consults on cases when needed.  Keep in mind that this is a book by a doctor who believes that his place is ONLY in high-risk pregnancy – a far different opinion than most OB/GYNs these days.  An OB is a specialized surgeon.  Having an OB attend your low-risk birth is the equivalent of having a brain surgeon check out your head when you bump it or a heart surgeon do your yearly physical.
It was one of the scariest things I’ve read and if you had an “emergency c-section” I suggest you do read it for information on VBACs but you will probably want to skip over all the facts regarding c-sections because you may quickly come to realize that your surgery was pre-emptive and not truly needed, had the doctor just slowed down, stepped back, and let the laboring woman’s body do its job.
He answers the question “Are Epidurals Safe?” Though your doctor may lead you to think otherwise, they can hardly be considered safe when 23% of women receiving one have complications.  There is a longer excerpt at the end about how unsafe an epidural block is if you are interested.
Following are some facts for the book and a few excerpts you may be interested in.  It’s sad that SOOOOO many women are scared about something that women have done for tens of thousands of years.  Only in the last 100 years has giving birth become a medical process needing “treatment”.  The question is, when statistics show that women don’t need medical help, why do we seek it?  This book gives the information on pregnancy and birthing that so many doctors don’t tell you and many don’t even know.
I only wish I had read this before having Eli.  Feel free to comment based on your own experience, but until you have read the book, know that you don’t have all the facts!
Just keep in mind, if my friend could go through 17 hours of labor, 5 hours of pushing, and have a 10-pound baby with a 15-inch head all the in comfort and safety of home with no complications, then you, too, can have an average-weight baby without the need for medical intervention.

Quick facts (pgs. 242-246):
There are twenty-two industrialized countries with lower infant mortality rates than the US.  All 22 provide universal prenatal care.

25% of US women receive little or no prenatal care. 1 in 2 of these women with give birth to a low-birth-weight baby (less than 5.5 pounds) or a premature baby (less than 37 weeks of gestation).

60% of infant death is linked to low birth weight.  It costs 2.5-times as much to raise a low-birth-weight baby to the age of 35 than a baby of average birth-weight.

Intensive care for one infant: $20,000-100,000.  This amount would cover prenatal care for 30 women.

Percentage of births attended principally by midwives:
US: 10%
European nations: 75%
Percentage of countries with lower infant mortality rates than the US in which midwives are principal birth attendants: 100%

Average cost of a mid-wife-attended birth in the US: $1,200
Average cost of a physician-attended vaginal birth in the US: $4,200

Number of scientific studies in which routine electronic fetal monitoring during every birth has been proven more effective than the use of a simple stethoscope to monitor the fetal heart: ZERO
Cost per year of using routine electronic fetal monitoring during every childbirth: $750 million

US C-section rate:
1965: 5%
2004: 29.1%
C-section rate targeted by the WHO and the U.S. Department of Health and Human services: 12%

Percentage of women in the US with C-sections who undergo repeat C-section: 91% (totally unneeded in eight-nine out of ten births).

Ratio of women dying from C-section to women dying from vaginal birth: 4 to 1

Average cost of C-section: $7,826

Evidence shows that when the c-section rate goes over 15%, the maternal mortality rate increases.
Evidence shows that midwives are safer than doctors to attend low-risk births.
Evidence shows that planned home birth for women with low-risk pregnancies is as safe as hospital birth.

“The key issue in the question of where to give birth, however, is who is in control.  Physicians, hospitals, electronic fetal monitors, and drugs do not have babies – only the mother of the child can do that. . .All maternity services should reflect this fundamental fact and should be designed to assist and support the woman.  Most of the present care system for birthing women in the US is designed not to assist the mother but rather to control her.
“Doctors control women with fear.  They have succeeded in convincing the great majority of American women that they cannot safely give birth outside the hospital; that nearly half of them have uteruses that are non-starters and need to have labor induced or augmented with powerful drugs; that up to two-thirds of them cannot tolerate labor pain and must be made numb from the waist down with an epidural block so they cannot feel the birth of their babies; that one-third of them cannot push out their babies but must have it pulled out with forceps or a vacuum or cut out by c-section.  When we try to make women believe that they can’t give birth without the help of men, machines, and hospitals, we take away their confidence and their belief in their own bodies – and with their confidence gone, any feelings of power and autonomy also disappear…” (pg. 190)

“Women who have epidural block for normal labor pain have risk of dying that is triple that of women who do not. . .”A woman also has a 15 to 20 percent chance of developing a fever after receiving an epidural block. When a woman in labor developed a fever, it means that a diagnostic evaluation must be done to determine if there is an infection in her body or in the baby’s body. These diagnostic procedures can sometimes be invasive, including doing a spinal tap on the baby, which is a painful and risky procedure in and of itself.”Another known complication of epidural block: between 15 and 35 percent of women who are given an epidural will suffer from urinary retention after the birth, a condition which, if it continues, necessitates putting a catheter in the bladder until bladder function returns.”. . .Studies show that around 10 percent of epidurals don’t work at all; there is no pain relief. Even when pain is blocked during labor, about one-third of the women given an epidural will trade a few hours of pain-free labor of days, weeks, or months of back pain after the birth. Studies show that 30 to 40 percent of women who receive an epidural during labor will have severe back pain after the birth, and 20 percent will still have severe back pain a year later.”The fact that when an epidural block is given labor does not progress normally has consequences as well. A great deal of scientific research has shown that women who receive epidural block for normal labor pain will have a significantly longer second stage of labor, and thus the epidural block means a four times greater chance that forceps or vacuum extraction will be used to extract the baby, and at least a two time greater chance that a C-section will be performed. . .”Although many women might be willing to take risks with their own bodies for pain relief, very few women are willing to put their babies at risk. But that is what a woman does when she agrees to an epidural. One common complication when a woman has an epidural is that there will be a sudden drop in her blood pressure, leading to a sharp drop in blood flow through the placenta to the fetus. This drop in blood flow can result in mild to severe lack of oxygen getting to the fetus, which if not quickly treated can result in brain damage in the baby. . .Studies have shown that in 8 to 12 percent of cases in which a woman is given an epidural block for normal labor pain, the electronic fetal heart monitor will show a severe lack of oxygen to the baby. In a further study, after having an epidural, three-quarters of the babies of healthy women in normal labor had episodes of slowing of the fetal heart rate, a symptom of fetal distress” (pgs. 54-55).

Epidurals also lead to sleepy babies and if you want to get off to a good start in breastfeeding with as few complications as possible, a sleepy baby is the last thing you want right after birth.

What makes you mad?

October 14, 2009

The question posted in my churches’ Facebook group (yes, we’re that hip…we have a Facebook group) was:

Well, here’s a place to start. On Sunday, I revealed that I’m pretty
angry about bottled water for environmental reasons and the fact that
there are plenty of places in this world where people literally don’t
have water much less clean water… I wonder what Angry Jesus would
have to say.

What makes you angry? Seriously, what makes you angry enough to take action and affect change?

I liked my answer so much I have pasted it here to share with you all,
if you are interested. I’d love to hear what makes you angry!

You probably don’t want to read all of this but you’ve opened a can of
worms with me…or rather one of those “can of nuts” with a snake that
jumps out at you;)

I am angry that ACOG and the media have women so afraid of pregnancy
and birth that they flock to surgeons for routine care instead of
midwives who have better statistics. How is it that we are supposedly
SO medically advanced and yet of all industrial nations we have the
highest c-section rate and perinatal death rates for both women and
babies. There are two possible answers to this. Either 1) low-risk
pregnancy and birth should never be over-seen by surgeons looking for
something to go wrong, inducing for non medical reasons and
administering drugs at the first sign of labor or 2) somehow, US women
have evolved so much that ONE THIRD of them are suddenly unable to have
healthy vaginal births. Hospitals and doctors are for sick people and
only 7-10% of women actually have something wrong with them or their
baby that requires obstetric care. But every day, ACOG and OBs lie to
women telling them that home birth is not a safe option, that birth
centers aren’t as good as hospitals, that VBACs are riskier than
scheduled surgery, that slowed labor is reason for surgery when the
baby shows no signs of distress.

How can our country look at our birth statistics in relation to other
industrialized nations and think that our way is the best? How can
media make show after show like “A Baby Story” with emergency after
emergency and think they are doing anything but scaring women out of
the natural process of birth?

How can a nation that is largely religious believe that God has made
them some-how faulty in reproducing to the point that offspring must be
cut out of them more than 33% of the time?

How can 85% of women spend more time researching their next car
purchase than they do their birth options? Most of us would never walk
in to a single dealership, take the first car dealer who walked up to
me and let him tell me what car to buy with which options, but that’s
exactly what women let their God-like doctors do.

People blame insurance for it. “Doctors are quick to cut because of a
fear of litigation and malpractice insurance goes up because of it.”
That’s because there is a huge difference between a woman who has a
midwife in a birthing center or at home and a woman who uses a doctor.
The difference is that a woman who believes her doctor is all-knowing
because s/he went to medical school can do no wrong and is solely at
fault when something goes wrong, whereas a woman who uses a midwife
knows that sometimes things happen in birth that can’t be prevented.
When compared to doctors with low-risk patients, Midwives have lower
c-section rates and lower death rates and are rarely sued when
something goes wrong. Their rates are much more comparable to those of
other industrialized nations.

How can that not make women furious? Women and babies are dying for no
reason and ACOG puts out a statement that home birth shouldn’t be legal
because it’s unsafe. If you want to look purely at statistics, it’s
hospitals that shouldn’t be allowed to deliver low-risk births. But
then OBs and ACOG don’t get any money.

Truly natural birth rarely ends badly. Natural birth is a birth
unhindered by IVs, artificial induction, or pain medication. A birth
that isn’t “managed” but watched over. A birth that is left to the
woman’s body because that woman comes from a long, unbroken line of
childbearing women. Birth didn’t become safer when it entered the
hospital, in fact, more women died because of hospital birth for many
years until germs were discovered.

Here’s my favorite quote:

“There’s a secret in our culture and it’s not that birth is painful, it’s that women are strong.” -Laura Stavoe Harm

What women don’t know is that OBs spend little time learning about
delivering babies in medical school and not one minute, not one written
page is spent on natural birth and its effectiveness. All the while,
midwives spend almost all their time learning how to safely deliver a
baby. How can that possibly have anything but a better outcome?

So, I have decided to go through doula training this summer in hopes
that I can help women learn about natural birth and help them through
it, even if they chose to do it in the hospital.

Oh, and routine infant circumcision…but that’s an even longer post.

Like I said…you probably didn’t want to read it all. But I feel better getting it out…thanks for asking:)

Crying for Comfort

October 14, 2009

I’m tired of the CIO crap I hear from people.  I just don’t think there’s anything compassionate about letting a child scream himself to sleep.  I’m really not looking for a debate.  If you’re interested read the article.  If you think babies need to “learn to self-soothe” then feel free to move on.  Thanks:)

Pregnant in America

October 13, 2009

I liked this more than “The Business of Being Born”.  Here is what I took from it.

“Some of us have found that the process itself, the actual process of birth, is quite an extraordinary event, and would chose not to just miss that.”

“There is not cultural valuation any more on women’s bravery and courage in pushing their babies out on their own.”

“A mother and baby are designed to work together during labor, and when drugs are used they both are drug-impaired so they’re not working together.”

“There are studies linking labor drugs to teen-age drug addiction and suicide.”

“We have been brainwashing Americans about childbirth, about how dangerous it is, how all the terrible things that can go wrong, and how you need to be in the hospital where all the doctors are, all the machines are, and all the operation tables are so that we can take care of horrendous emergencies when they occure.  It’s absolutely not true.”

Ina May’s Numbers:

  • 2000 births
  • 95% needed no medical intervention or hospital transfer
  • <30 got a c-section (that’s less than 1.5%)
  • her mortality rates were still below the US documented rates for low-risk pregnancy and birth

“I don’t know but one person that can have a baby and that’s the mother.  Mather nature knows best.” – Father of a home birthing woman, also a horse breeder.

Section Stats:

  • Between 1990 and 2000, induction doubled from 10-20% and the number of babies born M-F went WAY up.
  • 50% of inductions end in c-section
  • section rate in 1975 = 7%
  • section rate in 2008 = 33%
  • the infant and maternal mortality rates have not declined in response to the quadrupled section rate

“Why is our section rate high?  Because surgeons are in charge of birth.  To a man with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.  To a surgeon, every problem looks like surgery is the answer.”

“Everywhere women are getting cut open because they are being told it’s safer even though all the evidence is to the contrary.”

“If I have a reason to do a section, I can be home in 30 minutes.” – Ron Sancetta, OB/GYN

“Breech [birth] isn’t even taught at most schools anymore.  Insurance companies to hospitals they’d pull support if they taught breech anymore.”

“We are victims of our insurance.”

“Most Cytotec cases are settled with a gag order which is why we don’t hear about it.”

“It’s sad that a country with the technology we have could institutionalize medicine.”

Doctors play the ‘dead baby’ card so often women believe that it happens very often in non-medicalized births.

“We’re just concerned about your baby.”

“Doctors in America do not want any significant change in the present system.  They have all the power, they have all the control, and they’re making the big bucks.”

“A loving midwife does what she does because she wants to help other women experience the miracle of childbirth.”

“Thank goodness for epidurals and Pitocin when they are truly needed.  But in countries where they don’t use it just as a normal management of labor technique or protocol, they have much better statistics and outcomes, and we can learn a lot from that.”

“[Birth is] as close to magic as human beings can know.”

“There is no more empowering experience that a woman can possibly have than giving birth herself.”

“It’s so sad what women are missing and they don’t know they are missing it.”

Books that the experts in the film have written:

“Gentle Birth Choices” by Bruce Lipton, PhD

“Magical Child” by Joseph Chilton Pearce, PhD

“Orgasmic Birth”

October 12, 2009

I watched this DVD and loved it!  There are so many good quotes, facts, and links that I’m just going to list them in the order they come in the film and let them speak for themselves.  I wish I would have thought to note who said each of them.  Here is a link to the website, you can see all the experts they talked to listed there.

Orgasmic Birth

“We were meant to have babies.  Don’t just turn your body over to medicine.”

“Women of the Earth: Take back your birth!  Just as you enjoy sexuality, you can enjoy your birth.”

“The [fetal] monitor was designed to prevent over-intervention in birth and it got used in exactly the opposite way.  The section rate in the US soared from 6% when the monitor was first introduced to 23% in just 10 years of use.”

“As long as women really know why they are choosing hospital, home, or birth center, then go with that 100%.  But if you go to the hospital because that’s what everybody else does, or expects you to do, then you’re missing out on something.  You just surrender to something that’s not so truly your own.”

“It’s like a sacrafice, I think, that a mother can offer.  ‘I’m gonna go through this pain for you to really come out in the way you need to come out.  Because it’s no just me.'”

“You need to birth at your own pace, in your own time.”

“‘Emergency’ c-section is more common Monday-Friday only in America.”

“Don’t look at the contractions as something you have to go through, or get over, or get past.  Look at it as embracing your child into this world.”

“Physiologically, birth doesn’t happen the same way around surgeons [and] medically trained doctors as it does around sympathetic women.”

“When a woman births on her own power, and finds her rhythm, and her postures, and her sounds, and her moment of ecstasy at birth, then she is a changed woman and she is a fierce mother.”

“To be realistic is to expect your birth to be wonderful.” – Naoli Vinaver, CPM

Books to read:

“Inner Strength” by Stoger

“Birth As We Know It”

“Birth by the Numbers” – a segment after the film about US birth statistics. These are not quotes unless noted.

When America is compared to like countries, large, industrialized, democratic nations, there are 16 to compare.

The US is last in prenatal care sought in the 1st trimester.  (All other countries have government-funded health care.)

We have the highest death rate.  When you look at just white, non-Hispanic, native-born we are still last.

If you only look at those who got prenatal care in the 1st trimester, we go up to 13/16.

If you add more than 16 years of education (through at least college) then our rate is much better: 3/16.  But how much of our population has their first child after getting a college degree?  Not a big percentage.

All the other nations mortality rates started low and dropped over a 5-year period.  We started higher and were the ONLY nation to have the rate increase over the same 5-year period.

Maternal death went up along in the US when it went down in every other country.

Comparing all age groups, the c-section rate went up 50% over 10 years (1990-2000).

All elasticities go up at the same rate (which means that no one group is skewing the results).

There is evidence that maternal request is not what is propelling the rates to continue up.

“If there’s even a 1% chance of a terrorist act occurring, we must treat it as if it were a certainty,” VP Dick Chaney.  “When you set up a system that focuses on the 1% of problems that might occur, you undermine the care of the 99% of mothers who don’t need those services,” John Whitridge Williams speaking about c-sections.

Books and links they suggest at the end of the “Birth by the Numbers”  segment.

“Our Bodies, Ourselves”

“My Body, My Baby, My Choice”

“The Medical Delivery Business”

Book on Homebirth

October 9, 2009

I just finished “The Home Birth Advantage” by Mayer Eisenstein, M.D.

I didn’t learn so many new things like with previous books, but there were some great facts and quotes from a doctor who has a home birth practice in Chicago.

“The readers of this book who feel they are respectful of nature but had hospital births are part of a growing third group I have not discussed, but a group I feel will appreciate this book.  They are a group of believers in nature’s ways whom obstetricians have scared into being technological thinkers by bombarding them with fear and guilt.  The obstetrician’s warming, ‘You should turn things over to a specialist just in case something goes wrong,’ can carry a lot of weight unless families are prepared to study the scientific facts of childbirth on their own.  I hope to present those facts to families who have some doubts about the thinking of the obstetrical establishment.”  (pg.35)

I consider myself a part of this group.  It took me 2 safe (but not as I planned) hospital births and a lot of reading to realize I shouldn’t have been there in the first place!

The first woman in Obstetrics was Dr. Beatrice Tucker.  She believed birth was safest when left to nature.

“As the director of the Chicago Maternity Center from 1932 until 1972, over 100,000 babies were delivered safely at home under Dr. Tucker’s direction.  These babies of Chicago’s indigent mothers were born into the city’s most humble homes with a safety record unsurpassed in the country.  At a time before blood banks and antibiotics, Dr. Tucker was able to have such a record due to her safe obstetrical practices.  Her high standards and positive philosophy made birth safe even in Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods.”  (pg. 37)

Why don’t doctors realize how private birth is?  Why do women agree to subject themselves to hospitals where any number of doctors, nurses, and students can come and go and check her at any point?  It’s no wonder so many women are “diagnosed” with Failure to Progress!

“Giving Birth requires privacy and intimacy, as does the sexuality between man and woman.  Birth is a very sexual and personal experience.  A warm and intimate environment allows us to function as we were intended to.  It is really a very basic instinct that we have lost touch with in the United States.”  (pg. 46)

“The home environment just doesn’t allow labor to progress in an abnormal fashion.  The mothers are surrounded by familiar sights, smells, and foods, and people who care about them.  No one has to worry about which unfamiliar people will be walking in or what they will be doing to them to alter the progress of labor.”  (pg. 49)

All the current studies prove that our rate of c-section is 2- to 3-times as high as what is deemed safe.  Why haven’t scientific facts and data been enough to lower the rate?  No matter what OBs are taught in school, they continue to do unnecessary sections and the rate continues to rise.  It’s looking like the only way to lower the rate is for insurance companies to step in and reward doctors for births that aren’t interfered with unless necessary.  No inductions except for a short list of medical reasons, no c-sections without trial of labor in most cases, etc…A sections costs an insurance company an average of 3 times as much as a vaginal birth.  If insurance companies split the difference and raise the pay on vaginal births and refused to compensate for non-emergency c-sections, the rate would surely drop.

“Honey, breech is just a slight variation of normal.”  -Dr. Tucker

Then there’s intervention in normal birth where it isn’t needed.  Why are women so scared of breech birth?  It isn’t nearly as risky as OBs would have them believe.  And twins!  There’s just no evidence that twins are safer being taken by scheduled section before mom goes into labor naturally.

“The myth that twins and breech babies must be delivered by surgery is a ridiculous notion also.  Doctors have been intervening in these types of births for so long that the skills necessary to deliver them have been lost.  It actually requires a five-year training program to teach doctors properly to deliver twins and breech babies.  However, a new doctor can learn to do a c-section in about 90 days.  Preference for the shorter training time has virtually eradicated all knowledge of natural deliver of these babies from U.S. hospitals.”  (pg. 84)

So many women don’t realize that the doctor isn’t always right.  They don’t always know what’s best.  A medical degree doesn’t make one God, and yet men and women alike hold them up to the standards of a do-no-wrong God.

“VBAC literature also tells couples not to return to the same doctor who did the first c-section.  Chances are excellent that he or she will be prejudging the VBAC woman based on her first delivery.

“…labor and delivery can vary immensely from a first delivery to a second or third or tenth.  There is seldom a reason to predict a woman’s next labor pattern based on her last delivery.  But doctors do try to make these predictions and some will even say that another c-section is inevitable.  For this reason…women should get the second opinion of a home birth doctor long before delivery.”  (pg. 88-89)

Dr. Eininstein’s Homefirst practice had a 90% VBAC success rate after delivering 1,000 HBAC babies through 1999.  You cannot find an OB practice that has success rates like that in hospitals.  So, is Homefirst performing magic?  Or are the rest of the OBs doing something naturally wrong?

Why do most people believe that OBs “deliver” babies?  The only time an OB does the delivering is when they interrupt the natural process and provide medical interventions.  Pulling the baby out with forceps or a vacuum and c-section are the only time the OB does the delivering.  Every other time the mother delivers the baby, the OB only catches.  But, if you ask most women who delivered their baby, the will tell you that their OB did.   For that matter, I can’t imagine you will find too many OBs who will tell you that they don’t deliver most babies!

“It is no longer well known that women are able to give birth.  The American obstetrical system has most of us believing that women cannot give birth without obstetricians.  They have told the public for too many years that women must be in the obstetricians’ sterile locations with they equipment, and within their time frames in order to give birth.  They tell us that if women do not follow their rules then, ‘something will go wrong'”.  (pg. 124)

SOOOOO many women are willing to believe that their bodies failed them and so they needed help from the OB instead of believing that their OB failed them and they needed no help, just more time.  Somehow or society has been brainwashed into thinking that this is just the way things are when it comes to birth.

Seriously?!  The section rate has TRIPPLED since the late 60’s and no more babies have survived, actually, the death rate has risen as well.  We are the only industrialized nation to see this trend.  So, do you suppose that women in the US have evolved differently in the last 40 years to a point that 1/3 can no longer give birth naturally?  Or can we assume that as birth became a medical event, the hospitals are the ones who evolved to prevent safe natural birth?

Home birth empowers women.  They can be confident that their bodies will be able to give birth at home.  Unlike their disappointed hospital counterparts, home birth mothers will tell you that it was the greatest experience of their lives.”  (pg. 124-125)

Isn’t it funny how humans can take a perfectly natural event and make a big deal out of it and actually ruin it?  Or maybe not so funny as sad…Even though the section and death rates continue to rise, most OBs will tell women that if it weren’t for their interventions, the baby and mother would have died 50 years ago.  And yet statistics prove the opposite is true!

Natural birth is such an amazing experience.  To prove that birth isn’t a medical event, to show other women that OBs don’t know everything, to convince yourself that you can do anything you set your mind to can cure any lack of self-esteem.  Most women are not ill when pregnant.  Most women need little or no help to give birth.  Hospitals are for sick people.  Not healthy women going through natural processes.  The Bradly Method of birthing teaches:

“…that you have to chose your own style of delivery before walking in the door if you are going to go to a hospital for labor and delivery.  You can’t let them set you up first with an IV line, then a hospital gown, then pitocin, then a fetal monitor.  When they set you up to be a patient then you are set up to accept more and more layers of intervention.  If you allow them to view your condition as a sickness then you need them to ‘cure’ you.  But if you don’t look at pregnancy as an illness then you don’t ever have to go to the hospital to be ‘cured’.”  (pg. 175-176)

For more info Dr. Eisenstein suggests:

“The Home Court Advantage” (film on home birth)

“Silent Knife” by Nancy Wainer Cohen and Lois J. Estner

“Confessions of a Medical Heretic” by Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D.

“Safe Alternatives in Childbirth” by David Stewart

Down with ACOG!!!

October 8, 2009

I have decided to start this blog as a place to think out-loud and to gather information as I do more research on pregnancy, birth, and parenting my growing boys.

Did you know that ACOG is not a professional organization?  It’s not a peer-review board either.  It’s little more than a membership club or professional fraternity!  Why do so many women adhere to the recommendations of a club?  I get that doctors who belong want to use it as a way to convince their patients that their decisions are backed by a peer board.  But why do women listen as if ACOG is a governing board?

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October 8, 2009

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