Spiritual Midwifery – Fourth Edition

I am now reading the Fourth Edition of Spiritual Midwifery written by Ina May Gaskin.  I’m not very far along in the book as of yet, but have decided to post as I read instead of waiting until I get to the end of the book.  I’m enjoying the book so far.  Some excerpts that have really touched me:

“Women today continue to require the knowledge that birth still works and that every woman has her unique way of bringing her baby into the world.  One good way to acquire this precious knowledge is to hear or read the birth stories of quite a few women who have given birth.”

This really hits home for me when thinking about how so many obstetricians and hospitals put women on a timeline when they are in labor.  And, I must add that I really think that women should read the birth stories of those women who have given birth naturally as I have been watching lots of baby/labor/delivery/birthing shows on TV lately and am kind of bummed that there are so few natural deliveries shown on TV … I guess the high of natural childbirth doesn’t make for good ratings … which is really unfortunate.  More women are seeing what IS on TV, and, to be honest, they have every right to be scared of childbirth after watching those.  I remember watching them when I was pregnant with my first daughter and quit in the middle of my pregnancy because they were too scary for me.  I think if more women could see other women giving birth naturally, it would give them more confidence in themselves and their bodies and help them to believe that they can do it, too.

A quote from Zen Master Suzuki Roshi, “See things as they are, and become one with your surroundings.  Be true to yourself.  Find your strength within yourself.”

“Dr. John O. Williams, Jr. noticed that the Amish women and their babies ran a significantly lower rate of infection than the mothers and babies he saw in the hospital in the rest of his practice.  His theory was that the lower rate of infection in the home births was due to the resistance the mothers built up to disease-causing organisms in their own environment.  Also, since hospitals are places where sick people go, they are apt to have more dangerous microorganisms than a carefully kept home has.”  His theory was also proven in other home births that were not in the Amish community.

This is another reason I would consider having a home birth.  Although, I have high-risk pregnancies and would quickly rule out a home birth, I would definitely recommend someone interested in doing so to do the research and figure out what is best for them and their beliefs.

~ by cmb0414 on March 24, 2010.

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