Response from a Childbirth Educator
"My intuition told me that something was not right." Your words are so important. I agree that it is crucial that women know your story. It is so easy in the high-tech world of modern obstetrics to lose sight of the fact that women have been having babies for endless generations -- and that we have an inner wisdom about our bodies and giving birth. The best of both worlds would be appreciating that wisdom and having technology waiting in the wings for those times when it is truly needed.
I'm sure you long for a different scenario - a nurse and a healthcare system that truly listened to you, a labor that progressed before your baby was stressed and a cesarean was medically necessary.
The lesson for physicians and nurses is to listen to women. The lesson for women is to continue to trust your inner wisdom. And the lesson for all of us is that it is not good enough to be able to fix problems -- we need to prevent them from happening. For all the women whose births your story will influence, I thank you.
For more birth stories, please read:
- Birth Stories: What They Tell Us
- "I Gave Birth Standing Up"
- "I Used a Variety of Comfort Measures"
- "I'm Happy I Had an Epidural"
- "The Medical Staff Didn't Listen"
- "I Gave Birth at Home"
- "I Loved My Natural Childbirth, but Pushing Was Painful"
- "I Had Preeclampsia, and My Baby Was Premature"
- "I Gave Birth to Twins Naturally"
- "I Regret Being Induced"
- A Day You'll Never Forget