Friday, January 23, 2009

Business of Being Born

We just finished watching "The Business of Being Born," a documentary about natural childbirth.  Even before watching the film, I was contemplating opting for a natural childbirth.  A couple of years ago I read Misconceptions by Nomi Wolf.
The gist of both the film and book is that childbirth is something that women have been birthing children naturally for hundreds of years with relatively few complications.  Modern medicine has been invaluable in decreasing infant mortality by tackling high-risk and difficult births.  But, for the most part, most women don't need medically intensive births, which have a higher rate of induction, cesearean section, episiotomies, forcep and vacuum use.
I'm still a little nervous about birthing at home, so I'd like to try to have a midwife assisted birth in a hospital.

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