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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

In A Maternity Care Utopia:

....women would birth unencumbered by machines, IVs, and interventions that were not necessary....

....home birth would not be viewed as unsafe for low risk women....

....labor curves would be a vague guideline, not a rule....

....informed consent would really be informed....

....birth would be respected as a normal event....

....women would trust in their own strength and be empowered to have positive birth experiences....

....medical intervention would be available only when needed and used prudently....

....every woman would have one on one labor support....

....midwives would be embraced as the standard provider for maternity care, with all obstetricians specializing in high risk pregnancy and birth....

11 comments:

Haylee said...

Love it!

Reality Rounds said...

Can I add:
...breastfeeding would be the norm.
...6-12 months paid maternity leave.
...access to prenatal care would be free and universal.
...every woman would have a least one newborn support person at home.
...post-partum depression would not exist.

The list is endless.

Birth_Lactation said...

Excellent! I would only add
... Healthy babies would never leave their mother's side!
Thanks for this, I needed it today!

Iris said...

*thumbs up*

Renee said...

Cheers to that! (And the other comments too!)

Veronica said...

It feels weird to read this, because the hospital I delivered my children at does indeed follow all of these. I wish everyone had access to care like I had.

Labor Nurse, CNM said...

Veronica, spread the word, then! Tell every woman where you had such an awesome birth experience. You definitely were very lucky as many hospital labor and delivery units fall very short of meeting these things.

Real said...

But LaborNurse, the hospitals really are already informing their patients before getting consent! And of course medical interventions are only used when needed! Ask any doctor.

Labor Nurse, CNM said...

Real, I sense a bit of sarcasm!

anjie said...

Amen!

Stassja said...

Sign me up!