Awesome article to have on hand for skeptics
I read that today too! I loved it- someone shared it to me on FB, and then I passed it on as well. Very well written if you ask me!
Mara & Joel, 2009
I love that! Great article!
Thanks Leigh! I really should have been reading an article for class but I saw the words "birth" and "science" in the same sentence and well ... you know me! I have to admit I was surprised by how many science professionals choose to birth at our birth center here in Tucson. When I initially started down the path to NCB I half expected my MW to be some hippy dippy weirdo who'd have to be educated and I expected other NCB moms to be a tad crazy. After all, the only MW I'd ever known was my hippy dippy weirdo MIL and most of my friends who thought NCB sounded like a good idea were a tad crazy. I went to the "Child Birth Choices" class at my Birth Center to check the place out and I came armed to the teeth with questions for the MW the same as if I were interviewing an OB. The responses I got from the MW that night were so reassuring and eye-opening. Not only did I come away having learned that I wouldn't have to *fight* for my NCB but I learned that midwifery is indeed a highly-trained and highly-skilled profession. If I didn't understand that going into it then I certainly can't expect those unfamiliar with NCB to understand it. After my DD was born I started going to a Mom and Baby group at the Birth Center and I found out that at least half of the moms were University faculty/staff/students and most of the others were at the very least married to a geek. I felt so at home and it finally dawned on me that the reason NCB had seemed like the obvious path for me for so long was because, as a scientist, I've been trained to critically review the data that's out there and take it into account when making my decisions. I also view technology as merely a tool. We use it when it will improve our outcomes but you can't just throw technology at any situation and expect it to act like a magic bullet. Its unfortunate but MDs are NOT trained as scientists and they more than anyone else confuse the role of technology in medicine.
Ok ... back to reading some article about sunfish. Yay.
Well said indeed. I must admit I thought of you immediately upon seeing the article, especially after that opening paragraph
It gets to the heart of what drives me crazy about most assumptions people make about the things I believe in. I might not be a scientist, but I am a very critical thinker and put a ton of thought and research into everything I do. I approached my birth interested in NCB, but with a lot of questions and fears. The more I learned, the more medicalized birth became the thing that scared me--and I tell that to anyone who challenges me. A girl I used to work with who was pregnant at the same time as I was made some flip comment in a staff meeting about me being brave (read: crazy), and I said in front of everyone that SHE was the one who was brave, putting herself in front of all those needles and drugs. She never mentioned it again
I loved this article, too. Especially the part about being a geek. I totally am and researched the bejeebees out of birth when pregnant for the first time.
My MW was an engineer before she became a MW. Doesn't get much more geeky than that!
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12