Updated: Sep 15
During pregnancy, we're continually asked 'Whens baby due', 'Whens baby going to be here', 'Have you got everything ready for the baby yet?' - no one ever asks 'Are you doing your birthing prep work?', 'Would you like some information on having a positive birthing experience?', 'Have you considered these options for a healthy delivery?'
In the Western world, when we get pregnant theres this huge focus on the baby and everything that comes along with baby. It's like everyone forgets that mama will be involved heavily in bringing the baby into the world and needing a lot of support over the next coming months after delivering the baby.
It's important to prepare for birth in a world like today because so many women are misinformed about how to birth, the different options we have available for birthing and even our rights when birthing. No one teaches us any of this in school - forget about algebra, mama's need birth education!
Giving birth is like doing a marathon. You need to prepare, you need to be informed about how to prepare and you need to understand that there will be recovery time required after experiencing birth.
You don't just walk into the hospital and out pops a little baby in a couple of minutes. ( I mean in some cases this does happen - but that's because mama has already done the pre-work at home for hours)
Something I didn't realise when it came to birthing is that we are really uninformed about the statistics and the effects medical intervention can have on mum and Bub during labor.
in Australia alone, rates of births by caesarean section are 30.9% of births (in 2007) compared with the OECD average of 25.7% of births by caesarean in other countries. This rate is increasing in both the public and private sectors, but continues to be substantially higher in the private sector. Why is this? It's because of medical intervention. Did you know that with each option you make during your labor, you are either putting yourself or baby at risk of something you may not even be aware of?
Take an epidural for example, below are just SOME of the risks:
low blood pressure, which can make you feel lightheaded or nauseous
temporary loss of bladder control
Not to mention, you won't be able to work properly or in sync with your baby, causing more risk of tearing and exhaustion.
Our bodies are built for birthing, and so are our babies. In my opinion it is CRITICAL that you seek education prior to giving birth to be informed about your rights as a mother and as a human being. Also looking into the stats of the hospital or chosen health worker you are going with will give you a large indication of the outcome you are expecting to have with your birthing experience.
There are many incredible resources available online now, such as hypnobirthing courses and practitioners, you can also hire a doula who will definitely inform you and have your best interest at heart.
For anyone living in Brisbane, Australia - my absolute favourite lady when it comes to birthing is Caitlin from #MotherDownUnder - be sure to check her out!