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The Business of Being Born
April 11, 2008, 4:09 pm
Filed under: 6th month

We rented the Business of Being Bornfrom Netflix and watched it the other night. I am really hoping to give birth naturally, without medicine, and so have already been reading about the crazy history of childbirth in America. I was dubious, at first, that this movie would bash hospitals and modern intervention but I thought it was able to keep an open mind about everything. It certainly leaned in the direction of home births but still gave hospitals credit for when there are high risk births. There were a lot of graphic birth scenes but I’m getting used to them now and I have been able to get passed the “oh my god that looks so gross and painful” phase and into the “holy shit, that is really amazing” phase.

I started this blog writing about my fascination with the human body and how I would have loved to have been doctor but am way to squeamish for it to be feasible. Watching this video really brought back the idea of how amazing our bodies are to home.  There is something to be said for giving birth at home since our species has been giving birth without medical intervention for thousands of years. The female body was made to successfully give birth without c-sections and pain medications so isn’t it strange that the rate of c-sections in America is something like 31% in 2006.  That is a crazy number. In regards to pain medication, yes, I agree that modern medicine has been able to do marvelous things and taking advantage of those miracles can be wonderful. Sometimes, however, messing with nature can have negative effects. Knowing those effects and being able to chose if they are worth it are what’s important. The Business of Being Born, in my opinion, presented those effects and choices in a very good way.  Receiving an epidural slows down labor, pitocin speeds up labor and can cause distress to the baby, which in turn may cause more hospital intervention. If you are a woman who is okay will all of those risks/options, more power to you. I, on the other hand, think birth is an amazing experience that not everyone will experience and only half of the human race can even have the chance to experience it. I want to experience it completely and let my body do what it needs to do, without interfering with medicine.

With those desires in mind, I also want to be in a hopital so that if there is a problem or complication, modern medicine can be there. What can I say, I want it all. Based on stories that I’ve heard, read and watched in this movie, it seems that I might run into some trouble trying to give birth with out intervention in a place that intervenes. But, my husband and I are arming ourselves with knowlege and information and a Doula, to help increase our chances of fulfilling our natural desires. The future is unpredictable and only time will tell how it actually all goes down.


No more sleeping on my stomach.
April 2, 2008, 2:09 pm
Filed under: 6th month | Tags: , ,

Dooms day has come. I woke up in the middle of the night extremely uncomfortable with serious discomfort around my lower belly.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that the nights spent on my stomach were over. Trying to sleep on my side has been a challenge for me since my shoulder hurts or my arm falls asleep. With a little less than 4 months left of this pregnancy, I had a feeling this whole sleeping situation was going to be aweful. Then, my friend introduced me to her snoogle. It was a little intimidating at first but after a few nights of getting used to it and finding the most comfortable positions, I have a new best friend. I can sleep comfortably now!  It gets in the way of my husband and I cuddling together in bed and is a monster of a pillow to store, but it is finally allowing me some decent rest.

 I went to the OB 2 days ago and the baby was measuring 25 weeks even though I was only 23. It’s too early to make any conclusions but it’s possible that I’m going to deliver a 9 pound baby (please god, no) or I’m 2 weeks ahead of schedule (please god, yes). It’s also possible that I’m short waisted and the baby really has no where else to go so I’m measuring bigger than usual. At this point, we just wait and see.