Pick the option YOU really want for your baby.
She would never let someone else dictate her choice of options.
Yet, when it comes to planning an event equally as memorable, so many women are literally laying back and let others manage their babies' births!
In Western society, birth is viewed as a medical event that should be conducted in an intensive care setting, managed with modern high-tech equipment.
In general, natural birth - unmedicated, seems to be a rare phenomenon in most hospitals and sadly, many obstetricians have never had the opportunity to see a truly natural birth!
There seems to be a shift in cultural beliefs occuring, with the message that: vaginal birth is risky, medical intervention is required and that cesarean birth, especially elective cesarean is safe.
However, in the USA, where about one in three births are cesareans, the maternal mortality rate is reported to be at its 'highest in decades'. The increase in the number of caesarean sections is considered to be a factor affecting this increased maternal mortality rate. (Click here for a list of Risks of Cesarean)
Pregnant women need to rise up, literally, and take responsibility for their births.
Western women need to research and investigate natural birth options that challenge the whole technocratic approach to giving birth in our society.
Research conducted recently in the private maternity sector in South Africa showed:
The pages listed below are intended to help you make informed choices about natural birth options before you write your birth plan.
VBACs after CPD (Cephalo-pelvic Disproportion)
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