Leave It Up to Nature – by Lisa Kelly
A few weeks ago, I reached out to a doula who had been recommended to me. I just wanted an initial consultation – some answers to a few questions. Her first question was about my doctor. When I told her, she immediately said she could not attend my birth but could recommend someone else. It seems my doctor is not natural childbirth friendly. Ah, another layer of stress to conquer.
I have never had a major surgery and I don’t intend to start this late in life. I am actually on my way out the door for yet another OB appointment. I do not like going to the doctor but today I am looking forward to it. I need to let her know that she will not be rushing my baby into this world. I read just last night about maternal mortality rates rising in America due to C-sections and other medical interventions intended to hurry the process of labor and delivery along. I always think of my great grandmother telling me how Indian squaws would go out behind trees and squat to give birth. I’m a long ways from that but would much rather use that method than pitocin to speed up contractions.
A friend told me he and his wife were on their way into the hospital for childbirth classes when her water broke. He wanted to go on up to labor and delivery and get the party started. She opted to rush right back home and make lunch. She spent the afternoon bouncing on her exercise ball and didn’t go back to the hospital until her contractions were very close together. Like me, she didn’t want a doctor to try and get a delivery in before the evening news. I’ve been rehearsing how to say this to my OB/GYN without sounding like I’m telling her how to do her job. Nature has been pushing babies out into the world since the dawn of man. I trust that tried and true method.