Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thoughts on More Business of Being Born

Just a few quick thoughts on a mini-documentary that was made by the same people who made The Business of Being Born.  I found that first documentary interesting but biased.  My biggest complaint about the main film was they never showed the joyous bonding happening after a c-section or hospital epidural birth.  They showed the home birth and natural birth moms screaming in joy over their babies, but they never showed a happy mom after a hospital/c-sec birth.  And those births happen; perhaps we're not screaming over our child but there is still much joy in those scenes.

As for this first mini-film, about the Farm here in TN, the interviews with the midwife were thought-provoking, especially given the concerns I've had recently about Ladybug.  She didn't make any conclusions but she posed the question, is there a relation between all the drugs women are given in labor, multiple ultrasounds, and ADD/autism?  I developed a high risk pregnancy with Ladybug so there are multiple factors before you ever add in the genetic issue she has.  But watching the difference between her and Turkey just in these first two months has been very eye-opening as to how delayed she was from the start.  It'll be interesting to continue watching and comparing them as Turkey gets older.  Of course you're not supposed to compare your children, but I simply mean watching when they reach their milestones and how their development progresses.  It does make me wonder if the diabetes, 25+ ultrasounds, and high stress could be part of why she has difficulty.  Of course her poor little skull that is once again looking a little funky probably isn't helping her either.

My other thought is a bit more critical.  When they throw out numbers, it seems to be phrased to support their theory.  For example, it's "only 2%" of births in low risk women turn ugly, so it's okay for low risk women to give birth at home.  But it's "4-5%" of births are breech so it's important that OB's know how to handle those naturally.  Okay... there's not a lot of difference between 2% & 4%.  I'd say it's important to be prepared for the 2% as much as it is to be prepared for the 4%.

I did like the idea of the quilt memorializing mothers who died shortly after childbirth; they are right in that there needs to be follow up with new moms to make sure they're doing okay.  It's a breakdown in our culture that has led to the isolation that new moms end up in.  And I also agreed that it is a problem when that first birth is a c-section and that limits the number of children a woman can have.  I'm glad they pointed out that when you have 6 c-sections, your 6 kids need you and that 7th is dangerous!

Anyways... my loved despite born by c-sec baby is crying so I'm going to attend to her needs!

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