In today's wonderful world of technology, we have an amazing invention known as Facebook! This website can be a hindrance, or a hazard. Recently, I joined a Facebook page known as "Fed Up With Natural Childbirth". I honestly hate the name of that page, but agree with 90% of what is said there and what the page stands for. In my opinion, a much better name for the group that would give better representation of what the group is all about would be, "Fed Up With The Natural Childbirth Movement". What is boils down to, is weeding out the whole "trust birth" mentality and focusing on what we can do to bring safe, adequate maternity care for all women - especially those who choose CPMs or DEMs. Several have voiced their concern that I am now "anti natural birth" because the noticed I was a member of this group. This is simply not the case at all. The group stands for safe maternity care. They realize that birth is not always flowers and butterflies and that interventions can and do save lives. Many of the ladies there have had natural births attended by an OB, CNM, and some even by a CPM. A name, is only a name and nothing more.
I agree with a wise woman who said "I respect birth, not trust it". Birth is unpredictable - you can not simply blindly trust it! I feel it would be a good thing for me to go over what I do and do not stand for at this point in my life, as it may help many understand where I am coming from.
* Support out of hospital birth for truly low risk women, attended by a CNM, and within close proximity to a hospital.
* Support natural child birth! I believe a birth with zero interventions is a wonderful, healthy thing!! I also fully support a women who desires pain relief during her labor. Please don't think because I joined the above mentioned group that I am "anti natural childbirth" and think all women should have epidurals, internal monitoring, and cesareans.
I do not:
* Support homebirth with a CPM or DEM at this time. Until there are higher educational requirements, better standards, better regulations, and insurance requirements - the only truly safe homebirth is that with a certified nurse midwife.
* Think all women should have natural births to somehow "prove themselves". I also do not think all women should have cesarean sections!
The bottom line is that I support a woman's choice regarding her birth. Whether that be a natural birth, or a birth plan that includes an epidural as soon as possible! Whether she plans to circumcise and vaccinate her child, or not vaccinate and leave him intact. Whether she plans to breastfeed, or bottle feed. These choices are very personal and it is not my place to judge another woman's choice.
One of the main "purposes" of the "Fed Up With Natural Childbirth" group, is to make it known that you don't have to breastfeed, or have a natural birth, or even have a vaginal birth to be a woman, or to love your child! The spreading of misinformation and dangerous facts by the NCB movement is appalling, and the "Fed Up" group is working to end that. Scratch beneath the surface. Look past the name and understand what this amazing group of women are trying to accomplish! You might just be surprised!