Moms of Modesty

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C-sections Are On The Rise But So Are Natural Births

I’m glad to see more and more women advocating for natural births. I was unfortunate in all three of my pregnancies to never experience natural childbirth, even thought I wanted to. For medical reasons I had to have c-sections to deliver all of my children.

I think that c-sections are pushed on women more and more by doctors for a number of reasons. Many doctors like the convenience of a planned birth date as well as a growing number of women electing to have c-sections to avoid labor and inconvenience. Doctors, often times, make the assumption and persuade women to think that just because they had a previous c-section it is better to not elect for a vaginal birth and therefore another c-section is recommended. Medical problems that are not always worthy of a c-section and can be solved by other unconventional methods are looked down upon by doctors who are not open to these methods and the list goes on and on.

Giving birth is as natural as breathing, painful, but natural. The only assistance that women had back in the day during this spiritual and wonderful experience was the assistance of a midwife. Frankly, I am tired of male doctors (not to offensive) invading the most sacred and private parts of a woman’s body. I’m glad we have male doctors and they are needed but not too long ago, this was a profession occupied by women. There was something so natural about this whole process. In my case I have had all male doctors who delivered my children and if I had to do it all over again I would have chosen women. I think the older generations had it right. They knew that the midwife who was usually a close person in the family or a family friend who was well experienced at delivering children was able to relate to the woman’s physical and mental state during labor and delivery. A woman delivering a child could be free to physically and verbally expose herself without feeling shy, embarrased, or even intimidated by a male presence. The midwife knew that this moment was so personal and sacred and she handled the mother and baby with care as it were her very own life. This atmosphere of a woman giving birth was somewhat ceremonial. I’m sorry but you don’t get this experience in a cold and sterile hospital full of strangers and sick people. Hardly the ideal place to welcome new, human life.

Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that complications do arise and medical intervention is necessary but you have to wonder with the major increase in c-sections over the years what is really going on in our hospitals.  For some women a c-section can be avoided all together. This is major surgery that takes longer for a woman to heal from and it leaves a horrible scar (at least for me it did). I’m not totally against c-sections; c-sections have saved a lot of lives. I just question the reasons for the increase and if it’s really necessary and a lot of other women are doing the same thing. They realize that this is a natural part of life and they want to take back their right and power. The art of midwifery is making a come-back like never before because women know and understand its importance. Women seek midwives to give their bodies a fair chance to do what only comes naturally. Oh! and to avoid ugly scarring, long recoveries, and needles/meds among other things.

Happy Homemaking!

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