I’ve been teaching childbirth education classes in Columbus, Ohio for over a decade and while I’ve seen many changes to how labor and birth are done here, one change is beginning to stand out to me more and more: a growing distrust or questioning of doctors and hospitals.
Some healthy skepticism is understandable and warranted, for sure. And I’ve also seen when it can also be taken to a place where it affects a person’s ability to effectively communicate one’s wishes or even create a self-fulfilling prophecy, especially in birth.
Much of this skepticism comes from having more knowledge and access to such a wide variety of information thanks to the Google and some come from heavily biased — which can be a good or bad bias depending on your perspective — sources such as The Business of Being Born. Many of these more biased websites and films portray hospital birth like a battle ground for many, if not all, pregnant women but especially those who would like a “natural” birth experience.
Here’s the thing though. Most people feel safest giving birth in a hospital with an OB. So my job as a reality based childbirth educator and doula is to not only teach people about their options in pregnancy, labor, birth, and the first weeks after having a baby, but also to teach them how to realistically achieve their goals and how to best communicate with their doctors so they have a strong relationship in place if anything should hit the fan in the middle of a major life event that is outside of anyone’s control.
Because while birth is a natural event, so are tornados. We can’t control what happens during either one but we can prepare. And we can make sure our primary support person feels prepared too.
Join us at one of our truly unique childbirth education classes soon.