Looking at this weeks information from a Westernized point of view it really hit to see how other cultures have different birthing methods and how easy it is to assume that we can just go to the hospital whenever we as Americans are in labor. This how I am going to express the different kinds of birthing methods: medically advanced terrors and casual births with little amount of medical attention. It is so easy to think that medical advances are nothing but good and do not have unseen horrors behind the scenes, but both have some issues that are definitely overlooked.
Child birth is supposed to be a beautiful thing that parents wait so long for. It is a celebration of a new family and a new life. Most people can’t wait for this day to come but because of the excitement and long wait that they have gone through to finally meet the baby that they have created. For some it can be a natural, exciting and rewarding experience that ends in nothing but happy tears and love. This is what is showcased more in the media and in movies and they ignore the potential medical emergencies that happen in real life. For example there used to be this show called Born in the Wild where staff with cameras would follow expecting mothers into the woods where they would go into labor and deliver their child with no medical staff: a very traditional but slightly inhumane route. Yes, this is how people used to have to have kids before there were hospitals and medical equipment but why would someone do such a thing when there could be potential complications with the birth that could endanger or even take the life of the mother and child? It just seems a little insane to me.
Medical advances are made to help mom and baby while she is in labor but for the fearful mother it can turn from helpful to a nightmare. Most mothers are full of hormones and very paranoid because there life and their child life is at stake, especially during a emergency delivery. This happened a patient that I witnessed have a child while I shadowed at a hospital a few years ago, and I feel like this is the easiest way for me to represent this type of delivery. She was scared and traumatized after her delivery because of what happened in the last few hours of her pregnancy. She was told that her baby was healthy and had all the right positions needed for a natural birth and in the middle of a contraction her child had flipped and wrapped its cord around its throat and was tugging on it, causing the baby to suffocate and mom to experience unbearable pain. Staff took action and took her immediately to a room where she had to have a caesarean section in order for the baby to come out. This woman was scared of needles, and was screaming because of the pain and now they were going to numb her, cut her open and take her baby out safely. I can only imagine what was going through her head the entire time: fear of death, losing her baby, the pain, and any other worries that she might have. Luckily everything went according to plan and the baby was born healthy and unharmed but what really hurt was that the mom did not want to hold her baby right away and the tears coming off of her face were not caused by happiness but she felt victimized by medicine. My heart still goes out to her because of how brave she had to be in order to overcome this experience and anything medical in general.
Medical advances are meant to help others but sometimes just cause complete turmoil both physically and mentally, but it is definitely something that researchers and doctors are working to perfect. The only problem is that every pregnancy is to the same. All mothers and babies are different in their own special ways so in most cases these advances have to be altered to best fit the safety of the mom and baby.
So for some mothers birth can be a natural and rewarding experience where for some it can be a total nightmare that they didn’t expect. No one wants to hear that they will have complications with their pregnancy but doctors will always try to prep the mother for the worst case scenario is case this happens.
Nguyen, Tina. Lifetime’s New Reality Show Will Follow Women Giving Birth in the Woods. N.p.: MEDIAite, 2014. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/lifetimes-new-reality-show-will-follow-women-giving-birth-in-the-woods/.