So it’s not surprising that when we discussed how she wanted to give birth, she wanted to be at home with a midwife and preferably in a birthing tub.
Hey, I love her, and because I ain’t the one giving birth, she’s got my vote no matter we decide. And there’s no better progressive birthing place in the world than Santa Cruz. No, we haven’t joined a coven, a cult or a commune. No worries.
Over 90% of births in this country are normal vaginal births (did I just write that?). But sadly cesarean rates in the U.S. have exceeded 40% by some counts. 40%.
Yes, there are emergencies when cesareans are absolutely necessary. My sister’s first birth was very difficult and she had to have one (and her second was scheduled). Amy’s good friend Danielle also had to have two.
That being said the incidence of cesarean is still unnecessarily high and the reasons include:
- Low priority of enhancing women's own abilities to give birth
- Side effects of common labor interventions
- Refusal to offer the informed choice of vaginal birth
- Casual attitudes about surgery and cesarean sections in particular
- Limited awareness of harms that are more likely with cesarean section
- Providers' fears of malpractice claims and lawsuits
- Incentives to practice in a manner that is efficient for providers
Today an old friend and colleague emailed me and recommended that we watch The Business of Being Born, which we already had watched a few months ago. Another amazing and unsettling account of what it’s like giving birth in this country and the benefits of going with a midwife for a home birth (and we really like ours!).
While we’re certainly not naïve enough to neglect the potential dangers of giving birth at home or in the hospital and know that anything can happen at any time, we’re confident that we’ve made the right choice.
Just say midwifery out loud. It’s like a cool breeze.
Ah, now I float away...