Last login: Thursday, December 29, 2011
What this article does not disclose is that this mother had decisions long before it came to her birth. She made a decision to have a baby.She made this decision even though she was not married.She made a decision in what she included in her diet to grow this baby each day.She made a decision whether or not to exercise for her and her baby's health during her pregnancy.She made a decision to choose Medicaid or Private insurance to cover the costs of this pregnancy.She made a decision in what kind of a health care provider would attend her birth. She made a decision to walk into the hospital to give birth to her baby. She made the decision whether to take a passive role in her care and leave all decisions to someone else or make her own decisions concerning herself and her baby.If she pushed her baby while flat on her back in stirrups, she made the decision that constricted her pelvic outlet rather than opening it in a squatting or upright position. Ultimately she made all the decisions leading up to the moment her child's head was born and his shoulders were unable to follow.
While I personally would not have made the same choices this woman has made it WAS HER RIGHT TO DO SO. Women need to quit blaming everyone else for what goes wrong in their pregnancy and birth. We have the right to choose a surgeon, midwife, doula, or any other person to be a part of our birth team. We have the right to educate ourselves and find what is best for our bodies and our babies.We also have the right to leave all decisions concerning our care to someone else, we must however be prepared for the consequences.
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