Changes Coming - Livin' the Good Life
Jan. 3rd, 2011
09:42 am - Changes Coming
Other than resolving to improve my health this year by 1) raising my average body temperature by one degree and 2) conquering my chronic cough, I have one other goal that means big changes for me. I am retiring as a Bradley teacher. I have no particular problems with the Bradley Method founders. They have set up an excellent and thorough method that leaves no stone unturned when it comes to preparing couples to give birth naturally. I highly recommend it to anyone who is having a hospital birth. But, my heart is just not there for hospital births. I've been trying for 17 years to improve the hospital experience for couples wishing to have the most natural experience possible, but, with today's medical climate, it's getting harder and harder to do. The docs fear lawsuits, and rightly so, and do everything they can to protect themselves. Unfortunately, this is not in the best interests of pregnant couples. Every bit of technology and every possible test is used on moms-to-be in order to detect potential problems with the baby or the birth, which ends up making births over-medicalized and cloaked in fear. Innocent babies are routinely exposed to potentially harmful drugs in the majority of births, and we still don't know what the long-term effects might be.
So my big news is that I will now be teaching natural childbirth for homebirthing couples ONLY. (It feels so good to say that!) I will no longer be affiliated with the Bradley Method. I'm not sure how I'm going to proceed, but I'm figuring that out now. I'm looking into other methods and teaching programs. But, the bottom line is, I will not be supporting hospital births anymore. I know that some people feel they must have them, or are told they must, but, I'm not one of them. Hospital births are perfect for the few that really need them. And there are plenty of childbirth preparation classes out there to teach these people how to navigate the hospital birth experience. I am just no longer one of them. It will feel really good to finally be putting my energy into something I wholly believe in.