Birthing practices can be different across cultures and societies. We here in America are very medicalized in the sense that we believe in doctors, hospitals, medicine, and other scientific approaches to child birth and life in general. I believe that there is no right or wrong way to have a baby. Different cultures have a variety of different practices and traditions when it comes to giving birth. Many people agree with the aspect of medicine and how beneficial it is in almost all circumstances but there are many cultures around the world who have traditions and practices that they have upheld over many generations that don’t include hospitals and medicine. The Inuit people of Canada believe in having their children near their homes in a hut. According to this weeks lecture video “Inuit Birth”, Some of the rituals of childbirth in their culture include the mother being isolated for a certain period of time according to the sex of the child, then shortly after that the new baby receives a baptism by the shaman. The Hmong people according to the book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” did like to give birth in their homes. While the Inuit wanted to give birth near their home they did not believe in giving birth in their actual living space otherwise they felt the hut must be abandoned if birth was given there.
The Inuit women were often forced to leave the north and go to the south to give birth in hospitals, and even though it wasn’t stated that there were major complications in doing so, I’m sure it put a lot of stress on the birthing mother. By being forced to go to a hospital, which I’m sure they were very unfamiliar with, they had to be away from their families and any other children they may have had as well as not being able to practice many of their cultures post birth rituals. The ultimate ramification in my opinion of changing these women’s birthing traditions would be that it can put stress on the mother. Americans more typically prefer to have their babies in a hospital or medical setting. In America over the years many women have been considering more often a home birth thinking its safer to have their births “less medicalized” but according to an article in the New York Times, “when women had planned out-of-hospital deliveries, the probability of the baby dying during the birth process or in the first month after — though slight — was 2.4 times as likely as women who had planned hospital deliveries (Belluck). I think it is good to have access to doctors and medicine if need be but the article also stated that in home deliveries had less chance of C-sections and mothers had fewer lacerations.
Belluck, Pam. “As Home Births Grow in U.S., a New Study Examines the Risks.” The New York Times. December 30, 2015. Accessed July 28, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/31/health/as-home-births-grow-in-us-a-new-study-examines-the-risks.html?_r=0.