Monday, September 20, 2010
at 4:08 PM
I know I'm past my birth experience, but I had bookmarked this article that I wanted to share with my readers, entitled Trusting Birth, Controlling Birth.
Essentially, this article starts with a story about a woman whose water was broken against her will and asks the question:
Inductions without clear medical necessity, breaking the bag of water for no reason, continuous fetal monitoring without an indication, and other common medical interventions may increase my risk of being unable to give birth normally. Is the problem that I could not trust birth, or that my actions made it difficult or impossible for birth to take place normally?
I've read so many stories where women have regretted their birth experiences and have cried and cried. I feel good about mine although I would have wanted to go without drugs, I do appreciate that in my case the epidural worked wonders for me, and I was able to deliver vaginally.
Ultimately the answer to the question of who controls birth is no one.