January 14, 2013 in Pregnancy
Recently, I have spent a lot of time evaluating my beliefs about pregnancy & childbirth. I started proactively learning about women’s health since my OB class in nursing school in the spring of 2009. Since then, I have spent countless hours researching pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care, learning all about the different ways that different cultures practice these events and what options a Momma should have. I believe that education is very important, especially in regards to making life altering decisions for yourself and your family.
My Childbirth Philosophy
Philosophy on Care Providers: We shouldn’t have to rely on our care providers (doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas, etc.) to make decisions for us, but rather collaborate with them & utilize their knowledge as a tool to educate us on our options, so that we may use our own sound judgement to make well educated decisions for ourselves and our families. Providers should equip women with the knowledge they need to understand and become in tune with their bodies, and be there to act as the expert to counsel educated decision making in urgent situations, giving a woman the confidence she needs for a relaxing & positive birth experience.
Philosophy on Prenatal Care: Momma (and Daddy) should be the pilot of her/their birth experience, with providers assisting in a safe “landing.” Each pregnancy is unique & care should be as minimally invasive as is deemed safe for that pregnancy, with great emphasis and thought put towards the healthy & safety of both mother & baby. I believe that there is a time and a place for modern medicine and modern medical care, but that is when there is a problem that alternative measures cannot resolve. Care should be holistic, meaning that care should meet not only physical needs, but mental, emotional, and spiritual needs as well. The family-centered care model should be used, meaning that any person directly impacted by the pregnancy & child’s arrival (mom, dad, children, etc.) should be viewed as the “patient.”
Philosophy on Pregnancy: Pregnancy is not an illness or a disease, and should not be treated as such. Pregnancy is one of the most meaningful times in a woman’s life. It is a time of celebration as she discovers what the Creator created her body to do! Ideally, a pregnant woman should have a strong support system during this time to remind her that pregnancy is not something to “get through,” but to cherish the miracle happening within her body.
Philosophy on Labor/Delivery: Childbirth should not be a fearful time! If providers do their jobs prenatally to educate & facilitate decision making and understanding, a pregnant woman should be able to deliver her new baby with confidence & joyful anticipation. A woman should be allowed to give birth in her body’s timing, not on a provider’s clock.
My body was made for this! (Genesis 9:1,7; Psalm 127:3-5; 128:3; John 16:21)
Philosophy on Postpartum Care: Women should have great support during the postpartum period, ideally from their care providers and other experienced mothers who can assist in advice for healthy recovery, lactation, and child rearing. Likewise, father’s also need good counsel on how to care for their wives and babies.
So, that is my current birth philosophy. Due to these beliefs, my husband & I have decided that we would like to use a midwife and attempt a home birth for this little one inside of me. We are open to the possibility that should I be deemed “high risk” for some reason that this may not be a the best option for us, but as long as I am considered low-risk and approved by my midwife, this is our plan.
What do you think of my childbirth philosophy? What are your views? Have you had your children in the hospital, birthing center, or home? Did you use a doctor or a midwife?