"One of my favorite women, a midwife in Oregon, posted this essay she wrote about what hospital birth is like. You wanna know what it will be like to birth in a hospital? I suggest you read this. This is the best account I've read, by far.
I want to also point out her comments on how newborns are treated after birth. She's so right, it's absolutely inhuman. There is no other time in our lives when we would ever permit someone to treat our babies in this way, and yet when they first come into the world, when they are the most vulnerable, we let them be manhandled and mauled. She posted another blog entry with links to videos of some hospital births. I couldn't even watch them in their entirety, they were so disturbing to me.
Just think.........and, if you chose hospital birth, know what you're up against."
Saturday, August 25, 2007
buy the hospital ticket, go for the hospital ride
one of my friends recently wrote the below posted in her blog. there is a little bit of potty mouth in the link but i find it pretty akin to how i feel about hospital birth. now i fully realize that i am on the far side of "crunchy" when it comes to birth and other things in life but i cannot help but attach the word "inhumane" to how i feel about modern hospital births. women confined to bed, hooked up to all kinds of drugs and monitors, being told when and how to push their babies out, babies shuffled out of the room without their mamas for various procedures and tests, all on some invisible time table designed to avoid liability in the very rare instance that something should arise where a patient could sue. having had one babe in the hospital and one at home i cannot help but default to the peace and control i felt at home over the chaos and fear that i felt in the hospital. they say "you buy the hospital ticket, you get the hospital ride" and conversely homebirth = homebirth ride. i think we have forgotten how our bodies work and how they don't by and large fail us. in fact they nourish, sustain, provide, and grow us our whole lives by God's grace! why, in that moment do we put our hands into science? i am by NO means cutting on anyone - this is only the path that has been put before us and these are things laid on our hearts as true by God. This isn't meant to say "Everyone should have a homebirth". This is meant to say "If you have a hospital birth, be prepared".