Separating from your child for a minor medical procedure - positive or negative? What do you think? I share my thoughts on understanding the psychological needs of the child, as well as being through the medical system as a mother and a doctor.
She was labelled “unco-operative” - in her labour, just afterwards and the label remained the following morning on the ward round....I was at her labour. I know what happened.
She was not un-co-operative. She is not a piece of property to manage. She was primal in her labour as every woman should be.
I am a homebirth doctor. I have attended many hospital and homebirths.
I had my baby at home before I worked and studied in hospitals. My homebirth experience was very different from what I was trained to do and practiced at the hospitals.
When I was working as a homebirth doctor with other independent midwives I noticed again – so many innate and important differences that happen at homebirths that are not done at hospitals births and others that are done routinely in hospital births but do not happen routinely in homebirths.
Here are a few (based on my personal experience):
I was at work to see the postnatal patients. My hours were 8am-12pm and there were a total of 32 postnatal beds. That means 8 minutes per patient (if they were full). Which is possibly do-able....if everyone's vitals, symptoms and state is perfect and does not require any further questioning or tests.
Birth and motherhood hold a profound opportunity for self-empowerment and growth. The opportunity to touch and imbibe a divine aspect of Mother Nature that is pure, sacred and richly connected with Mother Earth's depths of wisdom, nurturing and healing. Once you hold this in your being it is immovable, secure and tangible.
This is my journey to realizing and knowing this truth.
This photo kept being removed by facebook but it has an important message about Normalising Birth...
When a mother embraces her newborn baby, her third child to her chest with deep loving affection and relief, a few minutes old and you witness the most precious time in a life, and she says "this is the first time I am seeing a newborn"...you wander what is so wrong with the system that she did not have this with her first 2?