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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Pain was illusory

Rosemary McLeod has a way with words I like,
Some of us were born to die in childbirth in an all-natural world, and if there hadn't been medical intervention, I'd be one of them.

I hated hospitals – still do – and needles, but common sense has to win out over fear in the end and I'd rather be alive than prove somebody else's abstract point about the "right" way of doing things.

Posted by Chefen | 11/19/2005 01:26:00 am


Blogger ZenTiger said...

If Rosemary is arguing for a women's right to have a c-section because of fear of birth, she needs to also allow the right to choose natural birth, home birth and so forth.

It's strange to use fear as an excuse, when her story talked about confronting her fear of wetas and getting over it.

C-Sections as a percentage of births continue to rise each year. Some stats I saw for NSW hospitals showed it had moved from 5% or so 15 years ago to above 20% today.

As more data is gathered, we are discovering adverse side effects to turning birth into a medical procedure.

When circumstance require a medical solution, I'm all in favour. However, if mothers CHOOSE to aim for a natural birth, home birth, water birth or whatever then we need to support that decision too, and arrange things so that there is full cooperation between the midwives and the doctors, and they are focused on the outcome, not the politics.

I would not want this to go the way of compulsion, and enforce C-sections, or ban home births and the various other options.

11/19/2005 09:22:00 am  
Blogger Chefen said...

I think she was saying basically what you are saying, choice etc... I just like her turn of phrase in most of what she writes.

11/20/2005 05:43:00 am  

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