As for comparison between Netherlands and United States, United States have a good medicalization compared to Netherlands. From the lecture video provided, it shares that there is low percentage of US citizen that give birth in the hospital a long time ago and those people chose to give birth at home. However, nowadays, almost 98 percent of US citizen prefer to give birth in the hospital as the result of medicalization. Compared to Netherlands, the percentage of women prefer to give birth at home is higher than those who want to give birth in the hospital. Even the maternity service in Netherlands have been set up as home birth delivery (de Gonge A, et al., 2009). As for comparison between Inuit and United States, Inuit people also used to prefer to give birth at home. But as time passed by, the Inuit women are forced to give birth in the hospital and forbidden to stay with their family. Whereas for US women, they are not being force by anyone whether to give birth at home or in the hospital. They have their own choices and are not restricted by the cultural beliefs. Both Inuit and US birth medical are undergoing medicalization but in different way and beliefs. As the comparison between Hmong families in Vietnam and United States, Hmong families experienced the vice versa of Inuit people. They are welcomed by the midwives in Vietnam to give birth to their babies at home. However, the midwives also somewhat hope that the women should prefer to give birth at medical center than at home. Midwives in Vietnam even learn a lot in order to help their people to give birth at home and as a middle person between the women who want to give birth and the Vietnam doctors. As in United States, I think there is no midwives present of maybe it is very unlikely to be heard within the citizen. Most of the women prefer to go to the hospital by themselves or with their families or by ambulance. They feel safe when giving birth in the hospital than giving birth at home as the hospital is more clean, sanitized and complete with advanced technology. I believe that most of the women prefer to give birth in the hospital because they prefer to do the c-section as well. As for medicalization of death, most of the death rituals were being held at home a long time ago. In the film, it said that the death rituals are usually being settled by families and took place at their own house. The different way of women around the world to give birth is very interesting. I heard that giving birth with the labour way is good for the babies as it strengthens the bond between the mother and the child. Nevertheless, giving birth through c-section is not a bad idea at all since a mother and children can form their bonds throughout the lifetime.
I choose the cover magazine of Your Pregnancy magazine. From the image above, it shares both the normal birth giving method and the c-section. Just like mentioned in lecture video, most American women prefer c-section than the labour method. Therefore, this magazine seems to share the good things about c-section that likely support the choice of most American women. However, they still share the situation and experience about labour so that women know c-section is not the only option to deliver babies even though it is not common in United States. I believe that many magazines in States share about c-section which makes most of the women prefer that method and it also shows the power of media in decision making.
de Gonge A, et al., (2009). New Figures from the Netherlands on the Safety of Home Birth. Retrieved from http://www.homebirthmidwifery.com/PDFs/Safety-NetherlndsStudy.pdf