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Another VBAC birth at home

Posted: December 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Babies, Birth, Body, Women | No Comments »

(CNN) — On Thursday, December 2, as Aneka sat at home nine months pregnant, the phone rang.

It was her obstetrician wanting to know where the heck she was. Did Aneka forget that today was the day for her cesarean section? How could she have forgotten?

No, Aneka hadn’t forgotten. She hadn’t shown up intentionally.

“She told me, ‘You’re being irresponsible. Your baby could die. You could die,'” Aneka recalls. Then the doctor hung up.

Aneka (she doesn’t want her last name used) had already resolved to not have a C-section, even though the doctor told her it was absolutely necessary. She wasn’t going to be opened up surgically, no matter what her doctor said, no matter what any doctor said.

In some online communities, Aneka is a hero who defied the obstetrical establishment and gave birth her way. To many doctors, however, she’s a risk-taker who put her and her baby in peril by giving birth at home.  Read more at http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/12/16/ep.vbac.birth.at.home/index.html?hpt=C2


Open letter to OB/GYNs

Posted: September 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Babies, Birth, Circumcision, Essentials, Mothers, Women | No Comments »

Dear doctor,

I am going to assume you are one of the MDs who is very sincere and truly wants to be part of the miracle of birth and healing.

SUGGESTION: Make a place that is safe for women and babies to birth. Start a birthing clinic staffed with lots of midwives who know how to assist mothers without interfering. Make a place where every stage of birth is considered natural — not measured, monitored, timed, managed and frowned upon. Make a place where there are only a few MDs who enter the picture only if there is a legitimate emergency, not an emergency of iatrogenic origins. … Read more…