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Next time I'm pregnant, I really hope I can move to The Farm in my eighth month. I count myself lucky to have had such great birth experiences in the hospital, but even then I had to *fight* for them. Women shouldn't have to fight when they're in labor. That fight-or-flight response can slow labor, leading doctors to push even *more* interventions. Such a viscious cycle.

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hearthand
Feb. 23rd, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
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"Labour is not an emergency"

I have reason to believe that when I'm in labour I'll be pulling hell from the very bowels of the earth to help emphasise that my roaring and orders aren't the mere rants of a hyperventilating, scared new mother. It'll be made an emergency if nobody listens to me *fumes*

On a sideline: what's your take on pain medication during labour?
ahavah
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Hopefully you won't be a hyperventilating, scared new mother. It's all about researching your options and knowing what you want - and what route you'd go if complications *did* arise.

On a sideline: what's your take on pain medication during labour?

I believe that pain meds are not as innoculous as the general public seems to think, but they are wonderful tools for women who need them. As a doula, I'm all about a woman having choices. Again, it comes down to research and personal choice. EVERY medication comes with risks and side effects (and any doc who says "There are no risks" should be avoided like cesareans *ba dum dum!*) - it's up to each mother to decide if the risks outweigh the benefits for them.

I chose not to have pain medications during labor. I did not feel it was in alignment with the type of birth experiences I wanted to have. I'm also a fan of alternative methods of pain relief first and foremost - walking, changing positions, counter-pressure, hip squeezes, birth balls, showers, tubs, massages, reiki, etc. I was lucky to have very short, awesome births. At my first birth as a doula, I supported a woman who didn't want meds but labored for nearly 24 hours. She ended up getting an epidural so that she could rest and be fresh for the pushing stage. I likely would have done the same thing in her place, and I fully supported and agreed with her choice.
nedia782
Feb. 24th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
you can go to the farm for all kinds of workshops.. Im planning one soon. Ina May is also going to be in MI nest month, im going to go see ehr!! :D
ahavah
Feb. 25th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
I would LOVE to go. And the prices for renting a cottage and hanging out for a week or two are so cheap.

I got to see Ina May last year at a LLL meeting. It was very cool, although I did a lot of walking with a colicky child. :P I got a picture, though, and that made my day. :)
tmmason511
Feb. 24th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
I met a guy (my age) that was born and raised at the Farm.
ahavah
Feb. 25th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
I can't even imagine how awesomely cool it would be to be raised there. I met a doula locally who had also been born and raised there, but she moved away rather quickly. I would so move there if they'd take me. :D
simplydorei
Feb. 25th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC)
i know summertown! i used to live in the nearby vacinity of franklin, and my oldest & bestest friend lives in columbia! great place...

anyhow, i was all excited and thinking of you the other day when i noticed that one of my psych books on development actually mentioned doulas. i was all '!!!!!' for a bit. of course, it was a sidebar type mention, but i guess it's a start!
ahavah
Feb. 25th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Indeed it is! So tell me...were they raving? :-D The word 'doula' has gained a lot of attention in recent years, and I really think it's because the role is so necessary and women are ready to embrace them!
simplydorei
Feb. 25th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Well, it's a psych textbook...you don't find actual 'raves' in them. It was, though, a generally positive mention. They gave about a half page text box devoted to doula/birth companion concept, quoted DONA, and cited a few studies. Interestingly enough, they also had similar mention of couvade (though they postured it as being more of a psychosomatic phenom) & taegyo...that surprised me, too!

Love that icon...is that one new?
ahavah
Feb. 25th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
I've heard of sympathetic pregnancy, although I didn't know the term, but that Taegyo link was all new to me. That is fascinating stuff! Thank you so much for the link! I'm definitely going to research that a bit more. It sounds like a lot of good advice and tradition.

Yeah, I think I found this icon on either alternparents or one of my doula groups. Isn't it fantastic? I have it credited to lierre
simplydorei
Feb. 25th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Taegyo does have a lot of fascinating aspects to it...the concept that the fetus directly experiences what the mother does, that postpartum care is a group effort, that mothers should seriously take it easy for at least the first 21 days (that's a very significant number for me)..and even more. That being said, there's no way i'd avoid sleeping with the hubby for nine months or showering for 21 days after giving birth! :D
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