I am not an obstetrician or a midwife. I do however have a vested interest in the birthing procedures of our society. My number one concern is my wife and children. My wife and I have 3 beautiful children and are hoping to have more, so the techniques used in hospitals will affect our decisions directly.
As a chiropractor and massage therapist I studied prenatal care techniques and work with many pregnant women. I am often asked my opinion regarding prenatal care and delivery procedures. I work with a few Douala’s, midwives, some family practice MDs that do delivery, and even some OBs.
Some things in this field I have always been wary of. Some recent trends however startled me. The providers I work with are exceptional, as I have asked my patients about them, investigated their opinions, and looked into them before recommending them. If you are interested in seeing some of the providers I work with feel free to visit that portion of my website.
This month, Consumer Reports put out a quiz and a report that I felt the need to bring up in this blog. It is good information. Please visit their site, and come back to this blog to discuss your opinions. The gist of the report is that in our endeavor to make pregnancy and delivery easier we, as a society, have become too reliant on technological advances and have lost touch with the natural process of birth. This has led to more not less complications. The report indicated:
“The reasons for this overuse might have more to do with profit and liability issues than with optimal care, the report points out. Hospitals and care providers can increase their insurance reimbursements by administering costly high-tech interventions rather than just watching, waiting, and shepherding the natural process of childbirth.”
Please consider the options when you bring a child into this world, if you do not have the education or do not want to know, seek out a reputable and trusted friend who will help you in making the decisions. If you have questions I will be happy to answer. If I don’t know the answer I’ll look into it for you. This is a safe forum if you want to post anonymously you are welcome to.