There are a lot of things I am a fan of, and there are some things I am not. Truth be told, I am not a fan of so called "modern" or "western" medicine primarily because often times it overlooks prevention and holistic options in favor of a wonder pill (with side effects) and surgery. Certainly the issue is more complicated than that, but as time passes, I research more and find myself increasingly withdrawing from their services. Certainly, in an emergency, I would seek the attention I need (or my son), but for the most part, no thank you.
What does all of this have to do with childbirth? I believe childbirth to be one area where normal has been taken over and redefined by medicine when, in fact, our bodies are perfectly designed to labor and deliver babies. Yes, some women are at a higher risk and in some cases cesareans are needed, but the scare tactics and judgments employed by medical professionals make me sick.
In spite of maintaining a positive overall feeling about my son's birth, I know now that a lot of things were overlooked. I am 99% sure my estimated due date was very wrong, which set off a series of interventions. Fortunately, I was in a country where the epidural was allowed to wear off, so I could stand to push, but in hindsight, I should have been more informed and in charge up front.
A blogger I read regularly and have linked to previously-- Rebecca-- is doing a series of posts based on a Medscape article "The Real Risks for Cesareans: An Expert Interview With Pamela K. Spry, BSN, MS, CNM, PhD" by Dr. Katharine Hikel, which touches on a wide range of topics. I highly recommend reading her series. It is enlightening and, I believe, ongoing!
Part 2-- Demand Side Birth
Part 3-- Fear! FEAR! FEAR!!!
Part 4-- Financial Incentives
Part 5-- Are We Truly Informed?
Part 6-- Home Birth is Child Abuse
Part 7-- Post Partum Rest
Part 8-- Induction
Part 9-- Cesareans and Breathing