Is there a “right” way to give birth???
Here I am sharing a well constructed, short and sweet piece here on the author’s Liz Hochman’s opinion about the answer to this question.
I invite you to visit her web page here: http://minneapolisdoula.com
Thank you Liz; your piece really resonates with me personally and professionally.
I agree whole heartedly that there IS a “right” birthing outcome, that it’s not really about a “right way”or “right mode” of giving birth. I love this quote from your piece:
“Is there really a right way to give birth? Yes. The right way to birth, is the way that matches your values, takes account for your health history, and leaves you feeling empowered, strong, and capable when you are holding your baby. Notice that I did not say the right way to birth is a mode or method of delivery.”
It’s certainly not about ‘naturally in the sea on a remote tropical island with dolphins chanting encouragingly’ VS ‘an elective Csection booked in on the date that suits you 5 days before your wedding anniversary’.
There is no “VS”.
> It is about the mother feeling safe.
> It is about the mother (& father) having access to all information and statistics on the pros and cons of their choices.
> It is about feeling autonomous in her choices; both whilst formulating her birth plan, and in the eventuality that in the unfolding of the birth story there are some unexpected developments.
> It is about feeling supported and nurtured by her partner, by her family and friends, by her community and by her health care providers whatever her choices throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the post partum period.
> And I would hope the cherry on top would be that however birth unfolds; that the outcome is she recognises her body and her feminine power for the very miracle that they are…that her body made, housed and birthed a baby!
What does this article bring up for you?