Friday, September 20, 2013


Last night, here in Austin, I had the pleasure of viewing a special screening of Birth Story The film about Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives. It was hosted by Ina's friend and farm alum Kathleen Rosemary.  

It was nothing short of WONDERFUL. The humor, intelligence, and honestly of  Ina May herself added so much to the enjoyment of watching this film. It was incredible to see so many faces from her infamous book, Spiritual Midwifery (Thanks, Andrea!) come to life and to see so many of Austin's birth community come together (all those bellies!!). 
sorry about the assey pic
As many of you know I am planning a natural home birth with a midwife for my baby due in January. I assume that most of my child-bearing-age peers have seen or at least heard of The Business of Being Born (Netflix ya'll...) and maybe even know at least one person who has employed a midwife and or doula, either at home, or at birth center. Still, as many people do not understand this decision, I hope to shed some light on this topic as it is extremely important to me. 

I plan to share my first birth story with Ruby (nearly 3) along the way--a planned home birth, in which I developed complications at week 30 and resulted in a C-section several weeks prior to my due date. 

But first, today, some simple truths to ponder. Please note: These are NOT my opinion. These are FACTS. 

  • Studies have proven that a warm and familiar setting enables the body's physiology to naturally curb pain and labor more effectively.
  • Each intervention in the natural process can beget another intervention. This cascade effect, or action/reaction, can lead to unnecessary complications such as bleeding or infections. 
  • Example: Pitocin induceds labor, Induction creates stronger unnatural contractions with more pain, More pain equals epidural, epidural equals less feeling to control progress and pushing resulting in tears, fear, fetal stress, and loss of progress, Fetal stress leads to last minute (and often unnecessary)  C-section. C-Section, though now considered routine is ABDOMINAL SURGERY. Now visit list of medications involved in recovering from surgery. PS Your newborn infant is now on all of these drugs as well if you are breastfeeding. 
  • Without drug intervention, babies are less likely to experience complications.
  • The rate of C-sections in the U.S. has risen to nearly 30%. However, at home your risk of transferring for a c-section is 3.8%.
  • The U.S. spends 98 billion on hospitalization for pregnancy and childbirth (the highest in the world) but our maternal death rate has doubled in the last 25 years. We are 50th  in the entire world for maternal death rates. 

More to come..
PS If you would like to join this discussion with comments, please keep them respectful and informed. Thank you!