About my last post… To clarify, I did not mean to imply that natural or home births are the only kinds of birth worth celebrating.
The point of birth is to bring a baby into the world. When mom and baby come through childbirth healthy- no matter how that happens- it is ALWAYS a joy and a cause for celebration.
I don’t judge anyone for not having a natural birth. When it comes to parenting, and birth in particular, I believe that we are all making the best decisions we can in light of our individual circumstances, those of our family, the knowledge we have about the situation, and (most of the time) within the constraints of the medical system. I also know that sometimes we don’t get to make a decision- when there are medical conditions, high-risk situations, and/or medical emergencies, the only option is the one that will keep mom and baby alive and healthy. I am grateful to have access to modern medicine, including the option to have a C-section, when necessary.
What I do judge is a medical system rife with protocols and policies that largely view birth as a pathology that needs to be managed, versus a natural process that will- most of the time, when the mother’s pregnancy is low-risk- play out in it’s own time, with no risk to mom or baby, without intervention. In the context of this medical system, many women are having unnecessary C-sections. According to the CDC, the C-section rate in the US is at 32.8% Meanwhile the World Health Organization recommends a goal of reducing it to 10-15% of all births.
It has never been my intention to judge other women for their birth experiences. I just want to create a resource for people planning home births, in hopes that their positive experiences will have some effect, however small, on the culture of birth in the U.S.