I guess it depends on who you ask!

Moms-to-be rejecting natural childbirth in favor of anesthesia
I find this article totally off-base in a lot of ways -- especially the doctor comparing unmedicated childbirth to unmedicated dental surgery (and for the record, I've had both. My unmedicated birth was awesome and my unmedicated dental surgery hurt like hell.), and this gem:
"It's nice to involve fathers in the delivery process, but I don't know how much they enjoy it, and I don't know how much they want to be traumatized."




Outside the Hospital: Local women discover natural birth
Ahhhh, and then there is this article, which includes this quote:
“Natural birth means different things to different people,” Herta said. “To me, it’s the sensation of delivering your child and participating in the delivery to some degree.”

Isn't that nicer?!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen, My husband can't handle any blood, etc. He knows he can't be in the delivery room and honestly I don't think I'd want him in there:-) Can a doula help in this type of situation? Thank you. Judy

kris said...

"traumatized"!? what in the world!? so, their wife giving them a their child is traumatizing, oh i've almost hear it all now.

Karen said...

Judy,

I think a doula would be a great idea for you. Whether a doula would be able to make birth a little less intimidating for your husband to the extent that he can be there in some capacity or whether a doula would be your support person in labor is up to you, but I'm sure that you can find a doula to meet you where you are!

Good luck and happy birthing!

Karen said...

And Kris -- you're not kidding! Is it beyond the comfort zone for some dads? Sure. Being there for the delivery isn't for everyone. But to call it traumatizing for everyone is just... well, ugh.

kris said...

apparently i was so traumatized by that article that i couldn't type as wel(!)

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