Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The Myth of Better Hospital Birth- A History In Pictures
I always find it laughable when people talk about how much birth has improved through time and technology. "Birth was so dangerous before hospitals" is such a ridiculous statement. But one of the most moronic things of all is that we somehow think that women are better off now than they were during the era of twilight birth.
During the era of twilight birth women were so heavily medicated that they had to be tied down to prevent them from hurting themselves or others. They did not remember their births. They were not active participants of the birth. This was all done for the sake of pain relief.
The pictures are rare and disturbing.
And yet today we continue to function under the illusion that medicated hospital birth is now a much happier affair.
Again, the pictures tell a different story.
Again we see women unable to move. Again they are not active participants in their births. Again it is done for the sake of pain relief.
Or it is done for the sake of the baby. We can't trust our bodies to actually give birth safely. All those attending us must listen to the mechanical heart beat. The thing that is most tragic to me today is that we ASK to be tied down in labor. We are so afraid of he process and the pain that we don't even want to be active participants in the process.
An epidural is not a feminist statement.
A continuous fetal monitor won't save you from your birth.
Take back your power. Take back birth. Get off your back.