The Musical Extravaganza! All About That Bass Parody.
I don't normally sing in public (last time was a high school musical) but birth is one of those things that gets me all fired up to want to make changes, share my story, gather the mamas, and break out into song!
Because you know I'm...
Did you know?
- Healthy low-risk pregnant women and newborns are the population in the US that experience the majority of hospital procedures.
- Cesarean section is the most common operating room procedure in the United States, and 1 in 3 babies are born surgically.
- Evidence-based research indicates that increased procedures, interventions and technology in the medicalization of childbirth does not improve outcomes but actually can lead to more complications.
- The most common reason for hospitalization in the U.S. is being a healthy mother in labor or newborn. $98 billion was billed for hospital facility fees in 2008 for mothers and newborns, which created far more income than any other demographic for hospitalization in the United States.
- The U.S. spends twice as much on maternity care than any other industrialized country in the world.
- The U.S. has higher rates of maternal mortality, neonatal mortality, low birthweight, and exclusive breastfeeding, than 30 other countries.
- Women lack access to choices about where, how and with whom to give birth due to limitations by providers, insurance, hospitals, legislations and loss of clinical skills.
- Women of color and low-income have less access to choices in maternity care services and have higher rates of medicalized birth and worse outcomes.
There is a physiological cascade of hormones that happens during labor, childbirth and postpartum that supports the highest health, wellbeing, survival and bonding of the mother and baby. When the natural labor process is interrupted with interventions, it creates a domino effect that can cause worse situations for both mother and child.
Midwives provide maternity care that most often supports the physiological approach to birth, and provides the highest outcomes for mothers and babies in all sociological contexts, from home births and birth centers to hospitals, and in all cultures and contexts, from urban to rural, and among low-income and underserved communities.
I also think it's really important for women with preexisting or arising conditions in pregnancy and birth to have access to the highest quality medical and emergency care. Hospitals, doctors, c-sections and pain medication all have their place when used appropriately. I have met some amazing doctors and nurses and have attended some beautiful hospital births as a doula.
However, when medical interventions are used excessively it creates complications in normal healthy birth which can lead to iatrogenic complications, which are best avoided by providing the majority of healthy pregnant women with physiologically appropriate care, including midwives, birth centers, and home birth.
Yes, the stories about my great-grandmother, my birth, and my homebirth in the song are inspired by true experiences.
I have had two amazing home births, the first with midwives and the second with just my husband, and I wrote about them in my book "How to Have an Awesome Birth":
Thanks so much for watching and reading!