Unassisted Birth: Controversial?
Admittedly, the subject content of this blog is, in our day and age, somewhat controversial. Were you to poll 1,000 people on the street about their gut reaction to the idea of a close friend or family member intentionally birthing at home without a medical professional…? Chances are you would receive strongly negative responses numbering in the high 900s. Does a strong consensus really mean this type of birth should not be allowed as an option?
What if you were to ask the same question to 1,000 people 300 years ago? Who knows? Maybe 900+ of them would still respond negatively. I’m willing to guess their reasons would be different. Perhaps they would not be angry at the woman for the choice, but would wish for her a midwife, some neighbor women, or a doctor would be close enough to fetch if she had trouble.
Let us please remember that the choices in birth ebb and flow through the span of time. Not every option is available for every woman. There is definitely injustice and an inherent unfairness to life. We are here to encourage a woman if she chooses this type of birth in spite of all other options. Therefore, if you wish to speak out against any of the views or choices presented here on this site, please remember to be kind and avoid harshness.
Choose your words carefully
Nobody responds better to a slap-on-the-face than they would to a gentle word of advice. For ladies who have come here wishing for a place to learn about unassisted birth, they know it’s controversial. We want to share ideas and knowledge about this kind of birth. So ANY words meant to dissuade a woman from this choice and encourage medical care MUST be spoken with love, care, concern, and kindness. They must also have sound advice and detailed reasoning, or they will fall upon deaf ears.
We welcome different voices and even opposing opinions to be shared, but please remember, “In all we say, let us be kind.”