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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Female pelvis anatomy-more than likely the baby is not too big

I ran across some great view points on the ability for a woman's pelvis to adjust to the baby coming through the birth canal.  Having seen babies born, big and small, from all sizes of women, I am inclined to think that the medical profession does not have a good idea of how capable a woman's body is of birthing a baby.  Most of the problem lies with the idea that birth has to follow a set pattern,  and if it doesn't, than something is wrong.  It makes sense that a larger baby may take longer to come down or rotate to a good postion, but that doesn't mean that it's not going to happen.

The real question with that, is whether or not the mom really wants it to take longer, or the baby and mom are getting exhausted and not doing well with the long labor.

Here' some links just to get you thinking....

Also see my previous post on how research is showing that we are not allowing women enough time to labor.  The old curve we used to go by is not really accurate as to how long it should take for women to labor.

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.