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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Natural Cesarean Birth

I've come across a couple of blogs lately that have talked about creating a better environment for those who have c-sections.
It reminded me of this post I wrote not too long ago about my experience with a woman who I took care of during a c-section.  I never want to experience that again.  So while there is some debate about whether or not we are making c-sections look too attractive, I don't really care.  I would rather a woman be taken care of the best that she can be, no matter what happens.  I would rather ere the side of making it look nice side than see the horror I saw on a woman's face the day I took care of a scared woman who did not have the care that she so badly needed.

There is also some question of semantics.  Should it be called natural?  Should it be called a birth?  For me that's more up for debate.  I'm willing to call it whatever the woman needs to help her work through her own personal birth experience.   That's what it comes down to for me.  Some women need to feel like what they did was giving birth, others hate that term for a c-section(I have found that it is mostly for those that have had a horrible experience with it).  For me, it's the woman's call.  I allow them the right to call their experience whatever they want, and I try to stick to that wording for them.

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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.