A mom just sent me the link to a new nursing blog. I especially love this post,"Don't let this happen to you, #25, Sarah and John's Unnecessary Induction." Don't forget to read both parts 1 and 2! The sad thing about Sarah and John's story is that this story is repeated over and over and over again and too often the couple doesn't realize how unnecessary the induction/intervention is and how ridiculously hard the labor and delivery nurse or doula has to work to bring some sense of normalcy to the birth process. Birth SHOULDN'T be a battle that must be fought every step of the way. Labor and delivery nurses and doulas should not have to double as soldiers in a war for normal birth and yet this is often a requirement if the couple they support intends to have a vaginal birth.
For me the moral to Sarah and John's story is that if you can, it is better to birth at home or in a birth center then to risk the chance that you will end up with a doctor on call who does not support your birth plan and a labor and delivery nurse (unlike the author of the blog Nursing Birth) who does not support normal birth. Sarah and John's story, without the incredible support of their fantastic labor and delivery nurse, would have been vastly different and not at all empowering. Do you really want your birth story to hinge on who is on call?
I look forward to reading the "Injustice in Maternity Care" series. Thanks for a great new blog!