Jenni Jayne's Heart
A poignant, honest blog about my life, childbirth, and other topics that affect women.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
What I Believe About Home Birth
I believe that home birth is the safest option for normal pregnancies. While there are complications that can occur, the vast majority of those complications are caused by outside influences. Normal birth becomes dangerous and traumatic when the power is taken from the mother. Once a birthing mother steps out of her front door, so to speak, she loses the normalcy of birth.
Normal birth was never designed to be interfered with. Nature shows us that creatures have the best birth outcomes when they feel safe and are left alone. Birthing women need to feel supported, safe, and cared for; not coerced or controlled.
Pregnant women in our society have been brainwashed to believe that they need saving and that hospitals, doctors, medicine, and machines will save them. Countless books have been written and childbirth classes held to teach women how to deal with what they will encounter during a hospital birth. They are taught that doctors and "professionals" know what's best for them. They are also taught that the process of birth is of little consequence and all that really matters is a healthy baby. They have been fed one lie after another. The truth is that
is not an illness and birth isn't something to be saved from, but rather, to be experienced and enjoyed.
The power to birth lies within the woman. It is something she is born with and it is a tragedy when it is trampled on and abused. It can also be an incredible thing to witness by those whom she chooses to support and attend her.
I also know that even attendants at
can cause complications by their own interference. Even well-meaning suggestions can take power away from the mother and change the course of the birth. That is why it is important for the birthing mother to take charge of her birthing experience. All women have the right to have the birth they desire.
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