Birth at home

I’ve been receiving some amazing videos in the past week. They are all short but carry an impactful message. Turn on your speakers and enjoy.

How to hand express breastmilk

Breastfeeding beyond the toddler years (to 8 years old)

La Teta—to give the breast is to give life. Spanish music in the background.

Youtube video that incorporates affirmations for pregnancy, birth, and
breastfeeding, and beyond.

Youtube videos should not be underestimated as a way to change the world. The other day, someone phoned me looking for a doula. After speaking to her for awhile, I referred her to a good doula in her neighbourhood. I asked for her email to send her some youtube birth videos to watch. She emailed me after watching them and said “I’m considering having a homebirth now.” I think the ones that altered her view of hospital birth were these ones from the goddesses at ICAN:

Home Birth After 2 Cesareans

ICANVoices, busting the myth of C.P.D. –

Teresa’s home VBAC after 3 cesareans and 10 days of released membranes.

A cesarean rate of 30% means that the pendulum of risk/benefit has swung way too far toward the risk side in N. American hospitals. Medical management of birth has become more dangerous than ever, despite the belief system of the public and the medical profession. The best research (largest numbers studied) done on the subject of place of birth was by Marjorie Tew, a Glasgow (Scotland) University professor of statistics. Her book “Safer Childbirth” documents her own scepticism about homebirth safety and how she came full circle to urging women to stay out of large hospitals. She found that even very ill women and premature babies did better if they were born at home or in small clinics.

Here’s more information on Marjorie Tew.

Do obstetric intranatal interventions make birth safer?
British Journal Obstet Gynaecol 1986 Jul;93(7):659-74
By Marjorie Tew

Marjorie Tew argues that statistical analysis shows that the shift to hospital birth, and increased obstetric intervention, has not made birth safer, but more dangerous. She suggests that improvements in perinatal mortality are due to healthier mothers, rather than improved maternity care.

Abstract in full:

Impartial analyses of the evidence from official statistics, national surveys and specific studies consistently find that perinatal mortality is much higher when obstetric intranatal interventions are used, as in consultant hospitals, than when they are little used, as in unattached general practitioner maternity units and at home. The conclusion holds even after allowance has been made for the higher pre-delivery risk status of hospital births as a result of the booking and transfer policies. It holds even more strongly for births at high than at low predicted risk. It follows that the increased use of interventions, implied by increased hospitalization, could not have been the cause of the decline in the national perinatal mortality rate over the last 50 years and analysis of results by different methods confirms that the latter would have declined more in the absence of the former. Data are presented which point to the deleterious effect of interventions on the incidence of low birthweight and short gestation and their associated mortality. Also presented are data supporting the alternative explanation of the decline in perinatal mortality, namely the improvement in the health status of mothers built up over several generations. The organization of the maternity service stands indicted by the evidence. Despite the beliefs of those responsible, it has not promoted, and cannot promote, the objective of reducing perinatal mortality.

I keep hearing from doulas who say “I’m not going to be attending any more hospital births.”

The feeling of futility and complicity in the rape of women is too overwhelming to face any longer. This should tell consumers something.

It’s all gone too far. We can’t lie and cover it up any longer.

2 thoughts on “Birth at home

  1. After watching the first 30 seconds of the video on how to hand express breastmilk, I was able to do it easily for the first time ever. I’ve spent hours trying to figure it out from oral and written descriptions, and gotten nowhere. This is a magnificent video!

    Also, La Teta is one of my favorites. I watch it with Faelan once every month or two.

    Thanks, Gloria, for putting all this valuable information out here.

  2. I feel just the opposite! While work in the hospitals is very hard and sometimes discouraging – I know that my clients NEED me to be there to help them advocate for themselves and navigate the staff and protocols. I like one homebirth a year to keep things in perspective.

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