Consumer Reports Shines A Spotlight on Pregnancy And Birth
If anything, Consumer Reports recent article “What to Reject When You’re Expecting” boldly affirms my philosophy about birth – too many interventions ant not enough encouragement to be self-reliant through pregnancy and birth.
This actually got me thinking about the lack of patience our culture has these days. That was also mentioned in the article and it’s true. With all the technology surrounding us, cell phones, etc., being patient is extinct. Hey, there is NO APP available for having a baby! You have to physically and emotionally experience it and it requires time and patience.
This is getting moms-to-be in trouble. Unnecessary medical procedures and interventions are taking over and compromising the the normal events of pregnancy and birth, turning it into a medical event. It’s not. “Time” is a man-made creation. Pregnancy and birth is not on a time schedule – baby’s birth happens when it’s ready. This is one opportunity to enjoy the experience instead of racing through it. Yet this is exactly what’s happening. Patience is extinct.
Consumer Reports states that 1 out of 3 women will have a Cesarean birth now. Shocking. Cesarean surgery is THE #1 surgical procedure done in the USA. Frankly, that’s what OB doctors are trained to do and it’s a money maker.
Is this to be the “norm” for childbearing women? There are reasons to have a Cesarean and thankfully it has saved many moms and babies – that’s what its for. But to have a surgical birth just because it’s scheduled, quick, and an “easy” way to avoid the normal process of birth sends the wrong message about birth itself, and disrespects the physiological needs of the baby as well.
Too many, unseen broken hearts in women result from this.
Too many premature babies born because of this.
Too many disappointments, too much postpartum depression, too much harm generated physically and emotionally to mothers and babies…
Because of what? Time? Getting things done quickly because there’s no “time” to wait? Now, that’s dangerous.
Patience is extinct.
Bring it back and birth bold,