Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

the business of being born

on May 7, 2012

hubs and I watched this documentary on Netflix last night. here is what I took away from it: if you don’t have a midwife, and instead deliver at a hospital with an OB, you will be forced to have pitocin administered, which will necessitate an epidural, which will slow down labor, which will necessitate more pitocin, which will necessitate a higher dose of epidural, which will put your baby in distress, and you will be forced to deliver via c-section, and you won’t love your baby (as much as if you had delivered vaginally).

if you have a midwife, you will deliver at home, in a large tub, in your living room.

I don’t want to do either of those. shit. this baby can’t be born. sorry baby, you will have to live in mommy’s womb forever.

then I took a deep breath, and remembered four of our friends delivered in the hospital last year. 2 of them indeed need c-sections. both of them LOVE their babies. 1 of them was a super-rockstar and delivered pain-medication free, and 1 was able to have an epidural without needing a c-section.

in the film, it mentioned in early American history, a smear campaign had been successfully implemented against midwives, which is why they are not used as much as in other countries.

I feel like this film was a smear campaign against hospitals. they showed a lot of scary things hospitals did in the 1920s, 60s, and 70s. um, we have now advanced 40-90 years so exactly what relevance does this have in your argument?

my advice: watch with a grain of salt.

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