"If left alone in labor, the body of a woman produces most easily the baby that is not interfered with... If left alone, just courage and patience are required."
- Grantly Dick-Read, Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth
There are Two Philosophies on Birth, however most women are not exposed to both.
Obstacles in choosing a natural birth
It seems that as much as we see the awareness of natural birthing expanding we also see a continued increase in the c-section rate. It's time to look at what is impeding the movement of natural birth in our modern societies.
"Obstetricians should be heroes" by Jock Doubleday
The Assault on Normal Birth by Henci Goer, published in the current issue of Midwifery Today offers further referenced insight.
Is home birthing really safe?
Outcomes of planned home births in Washington State: is one study where the myth is perpetuated. Please refer a review of this study and how the myth gets perpetuated by junk science.
Search the literature to help dismantle the myth that home births are not safe.
Reassurance for the natural process
Women who listen to their inner promptings. Stories of women who went with the process. Download the article and help reconnect your patients to their innate possibilities.
Offer mothers the information to make informed choices about birth. Three excellent resourses for natural birthing at home.
There's no place like home ***The Home Birth Choice ***Home Birth Website***
Patient education for options is timely
Finally, a recent rise in obstetric malpractice insurances are closing down obstetric wards around the country.
"...In all, more than 1,300 health care institutions have already been affected, according to a survey by the American Hospital Association. The survey, released in June, found that 20 percent of the association's 5,000 member hospitals and other health care organizations had cut back on services and 6 percent had eliminated some units. Many of those units are obstetric wards, where medical mistakes have historically led to expensive jury awards and settlements."
"Rise in Insurance Forces Hospitals to Shutter Wards." NY Times online.